Lahore November 13, 2013: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would like to thank all partners, media rights holder/broadcaster, sponsors and stakeholders on the conclusion of the ongoing South Africa Tour in the UAE.
As the South Africa Tour approaches the end, preparations have already begun for Pakistan team’s next ‘home’ assignment which is against Sri Lanka. This tour is also scheduled to be hosted in the UAE from 11th December 2013 to 20th January 2014. The series is scheduled to comprise two T-20 matches, five One day Internationals and three Test matches. A T20 match between Pakistan and Afghanistan teams will also be played in UAE prior to the Sri Lanka series.
The Media rights for the Sri Lanka series are held by Geo. The Title Sponsor for the series is Cool & Cool, and the presenting sponsor is NIB Bank Pakistan. M/s Connexture hold the mobile rights for the series.
Commenting on the preparations for the Sri Lanka Series Mr. Subhan Ahmad, COO PCB said “We are grateful to all our partners especially GEO, Apna FM 107, Cool & Cool and NIB Bank Pakistan for coming forward in support of Pakistan’s home series. We greatly value the association of all our partners.”
Mr. Imran Aslam, President Geo TV Network said “It is indeed an honor to have secured the global broadcast rights Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka series through a transparent tender process. We are well on course to produce this series at Par with international standards. It is proud moment for us being a wholly owned Pakistani entity to compete and win the media rights against international competitors. Having previously produced international cricket, we are confident that cricket fans in Pakistan and millions abroad, will enjoy the cricket produced and broadcast by Geo the first sports channel of Pakistan”
Mr. Arif Pardesi MD/CEO, Cool & Cool said “Yet again Cool & Cool has been proudly associated with cricket. Pakistan team is one of the most exciting teams in the world and we are pleased to continue our association with Pakistan cricket on two back-to back series in UAE”.
Mr. Badar Kazmi President & CEO, NIB Bank Pakistan said “After the South Africa Tour, our entire focus will be on Sri Lanka series. We have come into cricket with a vision to remain associated with this game on long term basis and we hope that the Sri Lanka tour will be as exciting as the South African series has been”
Mr. Shahzad Qureshi, COO of Apna 107 said “No game in Pakistan captures the imagination like cricket. We have a very huge fan base that follows Pakistan Cricket on radio. Hence despite all the challenges of playing home series abroad, we are absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to get the radio rights for South Africa and Sri Lanka series.”
Spokesman of Conexture, A Global Mobile Rights Acquisition Company said” Sports coverage in Pakistan and worldwide through mobile devices is of great interest for the users. Conexture is committed to provide quality content to the end users and honored as a Mobile Rights Holder for ongoing Pakistan Vs. South Africa and upcoming Pakistan Vs. Srilanka Cricket series awarded by PCB.”
PCB looks forward to working together with all its sponsors, media rights holder / broadcaster, partners and stakeholders so as to deliver a quality product for all cricketing fans to enable them to appreciate and enjoy this exciting cricket series between two leading cricketing nations.