Dhaka, May 20 (UNB) - Uber, the world’s largest personal mobility company, on Monday announced a key partnership with the International Cricket Council as the official sponsor of the ICC Men’s World Cup 2019.
The partnership will make Uber the first mobility and food delivery app to strike a sponsorship deal with the ICC for the Men’s Cricket World Cup, one of the most watched sporting events, which will be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14 with an estimated global viewing audience of 1.5 billion.
Uber’s campaign ‘This World Cup, Every Fan Wins’ aims to create a culture of togetherness and puts cricket lovers at the heart of the celebration, which includes the World Cup’s first and very own anthem - Way-O, Way-O, Uber said in a media statement.
The anthem is sung by acclaimed artists across five participating countries and will give ardent fans a signature song to cheer on and celebrate the sport. Uber will fly down hundreds of driver and courier partners, as well as riders and eaters, to the Cricket World Cup and will also host a series of activities to foster a spirit of solidarity at the tournament.
Uber’s Chief International Business Officer Brooks Entwistle said they are excited to further their commitment to cricket as a global sport and bring their community of riders, eaters, drivers and delivery partners closer to each other and a game they love so much.
"Cricket is passionately followed in eight participating countries, where Uber and Uber Eats are an integral part of people’s day-to-day life. We believe this partnership allows fans to pursue their passion while we take care of their commute and food requirements," he said.
He further added, “We are thrilled to launch the World Cup’s first-ever anthem, which puts fans at the heart of this celebration. We are very confident the anthem will resonate with hundreds of millions of cricket lovers across the world.”
Commenting on the partnership, Manu Sawhney, CEO of the International Cricket Council, said they are delighted to continue their partnership with Uber for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
"Their commitment to cricket was clear during last year’s Women’s T20 World Cup where the brand brought to life some of the wonderful stories behind the players with the #RoadSheMade campaign. Uber has some equally exciting plans for this summer’s event and shares our ambition to make this the greatest celebration of cricket ever.”
Shakib Al Hassan, brand ambassador and Bangladesh Cricket team all-rounder, said: "I share the excitement of tens of millions of passionate Bangladeshi cricket fans and want to assure them that this will be one of the most memorable Cricket World Cups ever."
"I commend Uber for its initiative to put cricket lovers at the centre of celebrations and am confident Way-O, Way-O will bring cricket fans closer together and deepen their love for the game," he said.
Last year, in line with the company’s initiative to empower girls and women around the world, Uber supported the first-ever standalone ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies.
As part of this partnership, Uber rolled out the #JerseyKnowsNoGender campaign in collaboration with sports personalities from different fields to encourage women’s participation in sports and to also generate support for the T20 Championship.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) — Bangladesh national cricket team wanted to win the final of the just-concluded tri-nation series in Ireland at any cost, said all-rounder Farhad Reza upon his return to Dhaka after the triumph.
Farhad had got the chance in the squad of Ireland tri-series but failed to impress the team management to get selected in the playing XI.
“We never thought that we can lose the match. We just wanted to win the final against West Indies at any cost. I think our positive mindset helped us to seal the game,” Farhad told the reporters.
Before the final, Bangladesh had beaten the Carribean boys twice in the league stage games, which had earned the favourite tag for the Tigers, and eventually, they proved their capability in the final as well.
While batting first, West Indies put up 131 in 20.1 overs. After that, the rain came in and washed five hours away. Due to the interruption, the match was reduced to a 24-overs-a-side affair. West Indies finished their innings on 152 for one wicket in 24 overs.
However, as per the DL method, Bangladesh got a revised target of 210. SoumyaSarkar and MosaddekHossain two brilliant fifties to seal the game for the Tigers, which helped them to win their first-ever title in a multi-nation cricketing event.
“It was tough to adapt to the condition because there was too much cold. However, we wanted to stay positive and play our natural game,” Farhad added.
Bangladesh team is now in England to prepare ahead of the World Cup. They will start their World Cup assault with the match against South Africa on June 2. Before that, the Tigers will play two warm-up games against Pakistan and India respectively on 26 and 28 May.
Dhaka, May 18 (UNB) - Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and three other cricketers Taskin Ahmed, Yasir Ali and Naeem Hasan returned home on Saturday after clinching the trophy of a multi-nation tournament for the first time beating West Indies in the Tri-Nation Series in Ireland.
A flight of Emirates Airlines carrying Mashrafe and trio landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:20pm.
ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will stay in the country for three days before joining the World Cup squad in England.
Farhad Reza, the other player who was selected for Ireland series only, will return home on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh team will leave Ireland for England to take a six-day intensive training there till May 23 at their own costs ahead of taking hospitality as an ICC World Cup team in the UK.
Dhaka, May 18 (UNB) - Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and four other cricketers are set to return home after clinching the trophy of a multi-nation tournament for the first time beating West Indies in the Tri-Nation Series in Ireland on Friday.
Bangladesh’s most successful skipper, Mashrafe, finally lifted the dream trophy on the seventh occasion overcoming their title drought in the last six finals in a decade.
Bangladesh team are scheduled to leave Ireland for England on Saturday (May 18) to take a six-day intensive training there till May 23 at their own costs ahead of taking hospitality as an ICC World Cup team in the UK.
Four cricketers of the Ireland-bound Bangladesh team are returning home along with Mashrafee.
Of them, Mashrafe, Taskin Ahmed and Nayeem Hasan were supposed to fly for Bangladesh on Saturday night (local time) while Farhad Reza and Yasir Rabbi on Sunday morning.
Besides, national opener Tamim Iqbal will fly for Dubai to spend vacation with his family members there and will join the national team in England on May 23.
Besides, national selector Habibul Bashar Sumon will join the national team in England on May 24.
Dhaka, May 18 (UNB) — Mosaddek Hossain, who helped Tigers win their first-ever multi-nation cricket event, said it was a great preparation for Bangladesh ahead of their World Cup campaign in England and Wales.
The right-handed middle-order batsman hit 52 off 24 with five sixes and two fours. His innings was the match-deciding affair for the Tigers. Along the way, he completed his fifty off 20 balls, which is now the fastest fifty in ODIs for Bangladesh.
“We’ve won our first title in international cricket which feels really good. But the biggest thing we got from this series is the great preparation ahead of the World Cup,” he told the media after the match.
He said Tigers can hope for a good result if they can bat and bowl in the World Cup the same way they did in Ireland.
Bangladesh have played six finals before the last one but failed to win any of them. Their biggest heartbreak came in 2009 when they failed win against Sri Lanka in a tri-nation series final.
On Friday, Tigers chased a target of 210 in 24 overs to beat the Carribean boys at The Village, Dublin.
“The wickets of the World Cup will be better (for the batsmen), and if I need to bat down the order like this, I’ll try my best to help the team,” Mosaddek said.
“What matters is that we’re heading to the World Cup with ample confidence,” he said.