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Passion Islam I March 2010 SPORT I 19
Emirates airline in $82 mln
AC Milan shirt deal
The Emirates will replace bwin as AC AC Milan in 2007. It already sponsors
Milan’s shirt sponsors Paris Saint Germain Football Club
Dubai’s Emirates Airlines said it and Hamburger SV, while in 2004
had signed a four-year $82 million (60 Emirates and Arsenal signed the
million euro) shirt sponsorship deal biggest club sponsorship in English
with Italian football team AC Milan. football history.
The Arab world’s largest airline, The deal does not include the sale
which also sponsors English club of a stake in the club as some media
Arsenal’s stadium in London, will outlets had previously reported, a
replace Austrian online betting group source told Reuters on Feb 8.
bwin as AC Milan’s shirt sponsor from Emirates, the largest customer
July, it said. for Airbus’s A380 superjumbo, said
purchases was not a problem and it
Emirates previously sponsored earlier this month funding its aircraft
would post solid results for 2009.
England welcomes Afghanistan’s
qualification for cricket cup
The MCC, England’s “We feel that we can University in May 2009
cricket club authority, has best contribute to the and also attended the
sent its congratulations further development of opening of two cricket
to the Afghanistan the game in Afghanistan pitches funded by MCC.
cricket team following by concentrating on Seven more will be built
its historic qualification the grassroots in the in the next 18 months.
for the ICC World country,” Bradshaw “With Matthew
Twenty20 in the West said. Fleming guiding
Indies. Former England all- us, and working in
“Everyone at MCC rounder and army officer conjunction with Afghan
has been thrilled to Matthew Fleming, Connection, MCC will
see the progress of who has visited continue to lend our
the Afghan national Afghanistan twice, support in the region,”
team. MCC has has led MCC’s efforts, Bradshaw said.
played its small part in alongside the charity Afghanistan earned
their journey and it is Afghan Connection, the right to take on the
gratifying to see how to encourage Afghan leading cricket nations
sport can overcome children to play cricket. at the ICC World
so many barriers and Fleming attended an Twenty20 competition
even tragedy,” MCC MCC Spirit of Cricket in April after winning a
chief executive Keith camp for more than 300 qualifying competition
Bradshaw said. children at Jalalabad in Dubai.
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