The second Afro-Asia Cup will be held in Bangalore and Chennai in June 2007. Three day-night matches will be played on June 6 in Bangalore and June 9-10 in Chennai. Nimbus Sport International Pte Ltd is the ACC and ACA’s commercial partners for the Afro-Asia Cup and is responsible for all television and on-field marketing. Headquartered in Singapore, they are a full service sports marketing and sports TV production company, and have a globally dominant position in cricket.
Sharad Pawar, President, Board of Control for Cricket in India, said, “We are delighted that India would play host to this auspicious event. The best players of Asia against the best players of Africa are a proven formula for success. I expect there to be tremendous interest in the tournament.”
Syed Ashraful Huq, Chief Executive, Asian Cricket Council, said, “The best available cricketers of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh would come together in one team to represent the spirit of Asian fraternity and the co-operation is hugely significant in itself. We can expect the Afro-Asia cricket in Bangalore and Chennai to be intensely competitive.”
Peter Chingoka, Chairman, Africa Cricket Association, said, “There is no doubt that the African teams take these matches very seriously and the 2005 Afro-Asia Cup was a hard-fought contest. Thanks to the players and respective boards, a great deal of development money is raised which goes a long way in strengthening the game in Africa.”
The first Afro-Asia Cup was held in South Africa in August 2005. The 2007 and 2008 Afro-Asia Cups are set in the ICC Future Tours Programme and will comprise ODIs like the 2005 version.
The total prize-money for the Afro-Asia Cup 2007 event is US $100,000. The winning team in each match will receive $25,000; the Man of the Match will be awarded $5,000; while the Man of the Tournament will win $10,000. Participating players will be paid $5,000 for each match. In addition to the three Afro-Asia Cup matches, there will be a Womens’ Asia versus Africa match and a Men’s Twenty20 Asia versus Africa match in Bangalore on June 5. This will be the first time that an international Twenty20 cricket match will be played in India.
Nimbus Sport is the broadcaster of the event. Digvijay Singh, Chief Executive, Nimbus Sport, said, “The first Afro-Asia Cup showcased the continents’ best cricketers in three high-intensity matches. The Afro Asia Cup 2007 promises to further add to the spectacle of cricket’s first inter-continental rivalry. With some of the best cricketers in the world competing fiercely for the title of champion continent, spectator and TV viewership is expected to rise to unprecedented levels. This event has now truly become the ‘clash of the titans’.”
Players for the two Asia teams will be selected at a meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 11. Asia’s selection will be done by a panel consisting of Chetan Chauhan from India, Majid Khan from Pakistan, Lalith Kaluperama from Sri Lanka and ASM Farooque from Bangladesh. The selectors for the women’s match will be Shubhangi Kulkarni from BCCI and Shamsha Hashmi from PCB.