The Afghanistan Cricket Federation (ACF) have embarked upon a long-term sponsorship program with Etisalat Afghanistan. A telecommunications provider established in the UAE since 1976, Etisalat are the sixth-largest company in the Middle East in terms of capitalization and revenues and are 140th in the world in terms of market capitalization.

The national team and officials at the MoU signing ceremony
with Etisalat

“This is incredible support for cricket in Afghanistan,” says ACF Marketing Manager Bashir Stanikzai, “Etisalat Afghanistan will be the main sponsor of the national team, and will be sponsoring development of the proposed National Cricket Academy in Kabul among other things including an English-language website and magazine.”

During the ACC Trophy Elite 2008 in Malaysia

The Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Afghanistan Saeed Alhamli said, “Our aim is to open up more opportunities and to actively help Afghans reach their goals. We always deliver what we say we will.” Afghanistan phone subscribers have risen from 2.2 million in 2004 to 7 million in 2008.

The program runs until 2013 and is worth US $148,500. Afghanistan’s next major competition is in ICC World Cricket League Division 4 in Tanzania in October this year.

Country Profile: Afghanistan

Filed August 21, 2008