Bangla Tigers started community outreach programmes to engage part of the 1-million strong Bangladeshi expatriates to encourage them to visit and enjoy the Abu Dhabi T10 matches at the Zayed Cricket Stadium from 15-24 November, 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 05, 2019: Bangla Tigers, the first and only Bangladeshi-owned franchise team at the Abu Dhabi T10 League, has launched a massive community outreach programme across the UAE to meet and encourage Bangladeshi expatriates to watch ten-over explosive cricketing actions at the Zayed Cricket Stadium from November 15 to 24, 2019.
Yasin Chowdhury, Bangla Tigers’ Owner and Chairman of FMC Group, has chalked out an elaborate programme to meet thousands of Bangladeshi expatriates across the UAE. As part of the programme, a Bangla Tigers Fan Club has been established in Sharjah, which organised the first community roadshow in Sharjah on Friday, November 1, 2019.
As part of the Community Outreach Programme, Bangla Tigers will organise three roadshows in Ajman, Dubai and Abu Dhabi from November 7-9 and a gala Jersey Unveiling Programme on November 13, 2019 – along with the players of the team. It will be attended by the Bangladeshi expatriate businessmen and prominent professionals, media and social media influencers.
Yasin Chowdhury said, “We have started our dialogue with the leading members of the large Bangladeshi expatriate community in the UAE. Most of them did not know about Abu Dhabi T10, because there wasn’t any team representing Bangladesh and Bangladeshis in this country.
“However, after knowing that there is a Bangladeshi team, the community members expressed their desire to come to the stadium to support us and enjoy the matches. I am very happy with the response. Due to the high demand, we have decided to deploy 60 buses to transport Bangladeshi expatriates to the stadium from different parts of the UAE.
“If we see the need for additional buses, we are ready to provide them so that our expatriates could enjoy the matches and cheer for us. This team is not owned by us. This team is owned by all the Bangladeshis. So as an owner, every Bangladeshi living in UAE has huge responsibility of making our journey a success.”
In addition to the buses, thousands of others will come to the stadium with their own vehicles. Nearly a million Bangladeshi expatriates live and work in the UAE. Bangladeshi nationals own more than 50,000 businesses in the UAE and they employ more than 150,000 professionals and workers.
Famous Bangladeshi film star Shakib Khan will be a star performer at the opening ceremony – which will draw a large crowd to the stadium.
Mr Sirajuddin Alam, Co-owner of Bangla Tigers, says, “We want to be at the stadium with our brothers and sisters and we will continue to encourage them to come to the Zayed Cricket Stadium and cheer their team members.
“We have also invited thousands of Bangladeshi well-wishers to come to the UAE to watch and enjoy matches at the Abu Dhabi T10. We expect a few thousand Bangladeshis will travel from Bangladesh to the UAE for the Abu Dhabi T10. As a Bangladeshi-owned franchise team, we want to walk with our community as we move forward.”
Bangla Tigers opted to focus on big hitting as their strategy for a chance to clutch the Abu Dhabi T10 Trophy, bringing in players with impressive batting skills. Thisara Pereira will be joined by world-class talent including six Bangladeshi players, few extremely talented names such as West Indies’ Andre Fletcher, South Africa’s Colin Ingram and Australian James Faulkner.
Chowdhury said, “I am very happy with our selection. We wanted to pick up a number of Bangladeshi players and we are happy to have selected them to play. It’s a huge thing for Bangladesh to participate in Abu Dhabi T10 League for the first time. We feel extremely blessed and excited. With the players we have chosen and the help of the coach Aftab Ahmed, we thing we are ready to fight with other strong teams.”
Bangla Tigers have been drawn into the tournament’s Group A and will square off against Deccan Gladiators, Delhi Bulls and Karnataka Tuskers in what will be a tightly contested group.
The Tigers’ batsmen are ready to fight the incredible line-up of competitors set to explode Zayed Cricket Stadium from 15-24 November, and will be looking to pounce against the Deccan Gladiators in their first match of the tournament which is on November 16.
The tournament is being showcased in Abu Dhabi for the first time following a strategic government partnership between the Department of Culture and Tourism, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Abu Dhabi Cricket.