Sport Correspondent: Country's leading brand Walton has become the title sponsor of five-match One Day International cricket series between Bangladesh National Women Team and South Africa National Women Team.
The series is all set to kick off at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar tomorrow (12th January). The rest of the matches will be held at the same venue on 14, 16, 18 and 20th January.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) declared the name of Walton as the title sponsor of the series at a press conference at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Wednesday afternoon.
The series has officially been named as 'Walton Bangladesh-South Africa Women's ODI Cricket Series 2017'.
BCB director and Women's Wing Chairman MA Awal Chowdhury Bulu, sponsor organization Walton Group's Executive Director (Policy, HRM & Admin) SM Zahid Hasan, Operative Director (Creative & Publication) Uday Hakim, Senior Deputy Director (PR & Media) Md. Firoj Alam were present at the press conference.
Thanking Walton for coming forward to patronize women's cricket, BCB director MA Awal Chowdhury Bulu said: "This is the second time, when Walton Group came forward to sponsor women team. Giant and multinational companies are eager to sponsor men team but we don't get remarkable response when it's about women team. However, Walton is an exception to that. Like domestic cricket, Walton got involved with women team. I am thanking them on behalf of BCB."
SM Zahid Hasan, Executive Director to Walton Group, said: "Our organization always tries to be with any kind of sports because sport is a mean to unite the entire nation. We also sponsored the women football team who went to play SAFF Championship in India recently. Walton is positive with women's sports. They (women) are doing well in all fields including sports. They will do better if we assist them. The female cricketers will perform well with our combined efforts. Most of the top teams were beaten in our soil. We believe the female cricketers will also retain that success."
Thanking BCB for the chance of sponsoring women team, Uday Hakim, Operative Director to Walton Group, said: "Once football was more popular than cricket in our country. Now cricket has occupied that place. Our women team are now competing in international arena like men team and performing well. We also hope that they will perform well in the ODI series against South Africa."
risingbd/DHAKA/11 Jan 2017/Yeasin/Augustin Sujan