STANDARD CHARTERED BANK TO SPONSOR AFRO-ASIA CUP

Kuala Lumpur, August 15 2005

Standard Chartered a London-based, international bank with significant operations in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America was today announced as the Title Sponsor of the Afro-Asia Cup. Their sponsorship will run for all three years of the Event.

“We are delighted that such a landmark tournament, pitting the best cricketers of one continent against another, should receive the imprimatur of such a major global entity”, said Syed Ashraful Huq, Chief Executive of the Asian Cricket Council who are event organisers. “Standard Chartered are a significant presence in Asia and their brand recognition, strong as it is, can only be enhanced by being associated with an event such as the Afro-Asia Cup for the next three years.”

"It’s a good fit”, continued Mr. Huq, “like the Asian Cricket Council and the Africa Cricket Association who are co-organisers of the event, Standard Chartered bank is a leading player throughout the developing world. “Their reach takes in cricket lovers from all over the world and their profile fits brilliantly with our theme of Cricket for Unity.”

As of 2005 the bank employs 38,000 people of more than 80 nationalities in 950 locations in more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa, UK and the Americas.

“Cricket for Unity”