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Etisalat backs National Cricket Team of Afghanistan to perform brilliantly against Ireland

Kabul, June 24, 2012: Etisalat Afghanistan, the official mobile phone company of Afghanistan Cricket Team has backed the National Cricket Team to perform outstandingly in the next month’s Cricket series with Ireland Cricket team.

The National Cricket Team left Kabul today for Ireland to play a series of ODI’s and four day matches. Winning this series by The National Team gives them a chance to qualify for 2015 International Cricket Council ODI World Cup. The series also serves as preparation for the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup to be held in Sri Lanka which the National Team of Afghanistan is participating for the second time in the Cricketing history.

Afghanistan's national team has performed impressively in the last five years, moving up from Division five of the World Cricket League in 2008 to Division One today. In Twenty20 cricket, National Cricket team of Afghanistan has already beaten several Full Member nations and is now ranked ninth, ahead of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

Etisalat Afghanistan is part of Etisalat Group, one of the world’s fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia and Africa and is the only telecom company to launch Third- generation (3G) services in Afghanistan.

Etisalat Afghanistan has been the long term supporter of Cricket in Afghanistan, which includes not only sponsoring the National Team but also developing the sports at the grass root levels through nationwide Hunt for Stars program & providing support to Afghanistan Cricket Board in their endeavors to expand the game to all regions of Afghanistan.

Media fraternity as well as noticeable sports personalities attended the ceremony today organized by Etisalat to send-off the National Cricket Team in high spirits.
For more information about Etisalat Afghanistan and 3.75G services; please visit: www.etisalat.af and www.facebook.com/etisalatAfg

About Etisalat: -
Etisalat Afghanistan is the fastest growing telecommunications company in Afghanistan and part of Etisalat Group, one of the world’s fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia and Africa.  Its UAE operations, strategically located at the crossroads of East and West, enables Etisalat to be the major hub in the Middle East for Internet, voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data services. Etisalat has been recognized as ‘Best Operator’ 10 times since 2006 and ‘Best Wholesale Provider’ four times in the last three years. Servicing over 167 million customers in 17 countries Etisalat continues to reach out to new customers and markets.

About Etisalat Afghanistan: -
Etisalat Afghanistan is part of Etisalat Telecommunications Group, headquartered in UAE, one of the largest telecommunications group in the world. The company is the first telecom company to launch 3.75G services in Afghanistan and is the official mobile phone partner of Afghanistan National Cricket Team and Afghanistan National Volleyball Federation. The company has taken various initiatives to help Afghan community in the fields of education, health, sports and other social endeavors. The company has also been supportive of National sport of Afghanistan ~Buzkashi.