Calcutta: Videocon will sponsor three Asian tournaments in the next four months as part of a package deal signed with the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
The first of these tournaments, featuring emerging teams from various academies in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, will be held in Colombo from September 27 to October 5. It will be followed by an under-19 meet in Lahore from October 31 to November 6. The third tournament, where the A teams from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take part, has been scheduled in India sometime in December. Neither the venue, nor have the exact dates been finalised.
Announcing this, the Asian Cricket Foundation chairman Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Tuesday: “We are really hoping that the bilateral ties between India and Pakistan resume…And these tournaments will serve as the stepping stones to that very mission of ours. Though the government has not made any commitments as yet, we have been getting very positive signals.
“We are therefore grateful to Videocon for helping us in this endeavour,” Dalmiya said.
Dalmiya also confirmed that India will host the under-17 Asia Cup in February, 2004. The venue of the senior Asia Cup, to be held in April, has not yet been finalised.
ACC chief executive Syed Ashraful Haq also reiterated how the resumption of bilateral ties was important for Asian cricket.
Speaking of the ACC’s priority to make Asia the No.1 continent in cricket, Haq said, “I was in China yesterday. China has agreed to formally apply for ACC membership. We really hope we will get the biggest Asian nation in our folds.”
“Maybe, the day is not far off when we will see China play at the Lord’s cricket ground,” he added.
Videocon vice president (marketing) Sunil Tandon was also present on the occasion.