Team Sponsor of IPL franchise stages coaching clinic for budding players
With cricket fever gripping the India, Emirates – the Team Sponsor of Deccan Chargers - reiterated its commitment towards the sport and the country by providing lucky youngsters a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet their idols. The international airline, which serves India with 185 weekly flights, staged a coaching clinic in conjunction with the IPL franchise for a group of aspiring players.
A group of Hyderabad youngsters were thrilled as captain Kumar Sangakkara, bowlers Amit Mishra and Manpreet Gony - as well as head coach Darren Lehmann and fielding coach Trevor Penney – signed autographs and posed for pictures.
The youngsters – who were given T-shirts and caps - also had the opportunity to ask the cricketers questions about life as a professional player and received cricketing tips. In addition - during a series of drills at the Hyderabad Cricket Academy, Secunderabad - they bowled deliveries to their special guests and tried batting against them.
“Kumar Sangakkara is a great player and I will never forget having the chance to bowl against him,” said 13-year-old N. Vigneshwar. “He is one of my heroes and I can’t wait to try out the batting skills I learned from him. It is my dream to play in the IPL so being able to ask someone what it takes to get there was amazing.”
“As a kid, I always wanted to meet my cricketing idols and dreamed of playing with them,” said Sangakkara. “The children have a wonderful spirit and it was great to meet young players with such great passion for cricket. We all really enjoyed spending time with them and it was inspiring to see how eager they all were to learn new skills.”
“Being involved with sessions like these are always rewarding,” said Lehmann, who made 27 Test appearances for Australia. “It get kids excited about the game and helps cricket grow. You never know which child will grow up to be the next Sangakkara, Mishra or Gony so it is important to help develop local talent. To stir interest in the next generation is a tremendous feeling."
The airline – an ICC Official Partner - has a long history of supporting cricket through its various sponsorships across the globe and hopes to contribute to the development of the grassroots game in India.
“It gives us great satisfaction that we are able to provide opportunities like these through our sponsorship of the Deccan Chargers,” said Mr Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Vice President - India & Nepal. “We all know cricketers are idolised in India. Meeting a star player who only last week was on TV being watched by billions of people can have an incredible impact on youngsters. Hopefully it will help inspire them to become the best player they can be which can only be good for the future of the game in India.”
Photocaptions - A group of Hyderabad youngsters were thrilled as captain Kumar Sangakkara, bowlers Amit Mishra and Manpreet Gony - as well as head coach Darren Lehmann and fielding coach Trevor Penney – shared advice, signed autographs and posed for pictures.
About Emirates and India
Emirates (www.emirates.com/in), one of the fastest growing international airlines, connects 10 destinations in India to its global network with 185 weekly flights. The airline reported a net profit of USD$1.6 billion for the 2010/11 fiscal year. It operates 171 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft and has orders for an additional 232 aircraft, worth more than USD$84billion. Emirates has been serving India since it began operating in 1985 and stimulates trade between the country and points across its network of 123 destinations by carrying more than 3000 tonnes of cargo each week in the belly-hold of passenger aircraft. In addition, Emirates operates one weekly scheduled freighter to Chennai, a Boeing 777F with a capacity of 103 tonnes. The airline also has an impressive sponsorship portfolio in India with a notable interest in cricket through its association with the Deccan Chargers, while in golf it is the Official Airline of the Avantha Masters.
About Emirates’ Commitment to Cricket
Emirates’ ICC Official Partner status gives the airline sponsorship rights to all ICC major tournaments, including the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and ICC World Twenty20, which in 2012 will be staged in Sri Lanka. It also sponsors the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, ICC Under-19 World Cup, ICC Intercontinental Cup and the ICC Women’s World Cup.
In partnership with the ICC, Emirates sponsors the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Referees, an agreement which sees the Fly Emirates logo prominently displayed on the umpires’ clothing at all ICC events.
In addition, Emirates is the Team Sponsor of Deccan Chargers and will be supporting the Hyderabad club in the IPL until 2014.
Emirates also supports English County side Durham as the shirt sponsor of its Twenty20 side, while it also has naming rights to the club’s stadium, the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground.
Emirates sponsors domestic cricket in Pakistan and is involved with a number of tournaments, including the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2011-12, Pentagular Cricket Cup 2011-12, OneDay Cricket Cup 2011-12 and Super 8 T20 Cricket Cup 2012.
Emirates is also a sponsor of the UK charity Lord’s Taverners and – in partnership with the Arabian Cricket Challenge - it is the title sponsor of the Emirates Airline Twenty20, Emirates Airline Forty40 and the Emirates Airline ARCH Trophy, which is contested by schools.