Warid Brings Orphans Close To South African Team
It will be a lifetime memory for the orphan children of Sir Salimullah Orphanage as they got the dream chance to spend time with South African cricketers in a friendly cricket match between South Africa and Warid Telecom at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on March 10, 2008.
Warid Telecom organised the match on the sidelines of `Warid Cricket Series’ to inspire the underprivileged kids to the game of cricket and give them happy moments mingling with the South African cricket stars.
Hundreds of orphan children cheered Warid team from the VIP Gallery as the players cracked boundaries and took South African wickets. Their chanting sent the stadium roaring. The orphan children took photograph with and autograph of the South African players. The happy and smiling faces of the deprived kids created a pleasing sight in the stadium.
As a goodwill gesture, the South African Team agreed to play the 10-over match against the combined team comprising cricket youngsters from Sir Salimullah Orphanage and employees of Warid Telecom. Md. Sojib, an orphan child from Sir Salimullah Orphanage, opened bowling for Warid Team and Monir Hossain from the orphanage also featured in the match.
After the match Graeme Smith appreciated Warid Telecom for organizing the cricket match involving the orphan kids. He said this must be a sweet memory for the orphan children. “We are happy to be associated with the match,” he said.
Earlier, winning the toss, Warid team led by Rezaul Hossain, DGM (Indirect Sales) of Warid Telecom, scored 94 for five wickets with Razib Siddiquie top scoring with 51. In reply, Graeme Smith-led South Africa team reached 99 for the loss of eight wickets.
According to agreed rules of the match, the South Africans were to score double the runs (189 runs) of their amateur opponents to ensure a victory. So, Warid team was declared winner. South African player Albie Morkel and actor Monir Khan Shimul conducted the match.
At the end of the match, Chief Executive Officer of Warid Telecom Mr. Muneer Farooqui handed over token souvenir from Warid Telecom to the both captains. General Manager (HR & Admin) Mr. Mumtaz Ahmad Khan and Senior Manager, Marketing Mr. Zeeshan Kingshuk Huq were present.