NIC Bank today presented the Coast Cricket Association and Mombasa Sports Club with cheque of Ksh 1.4 million to become the official sponsor of the a NEW annual Coast Cricket Tournament. The tournament to be played at Mombasa Sports Club will be dubbed The NIC Cup 2015 ( The T20 Challenge) following the sponsorship. The annual tourney will bring together local cricket teams including professional players and cricket enthusiasts with this year’s event running for three months from March 7, 2015. Three matches will be held every weekend, one on Saturday afternoons and two on Sundays. Final will be played on 10th May 2015.
“As a Bank we have initiated various programmes to support the youth. We realise that there is an abundance of talent across the counties and it’s the reason NIC Bank is spreading its sponsorships to cover even county specific tourneys,” said NIC Bank Director Treasury Sankul Mandavia.
Mombasa Sports Club Chairman Retired Lt. Col M.N Gitongu said; “The NIC Cup will become a key sporting event in the annual cricket calendar, aiming to promote and encourage sports in Mombasa as well as providing a platform for young players to showcase their prowess in the sport.”
“Considering that this is as debut edition, we are delighted to see the awareness and popularity of the cricket sport growing as many clubs have already confirmed participation in this event.” Coast Gymkhana, Cutchi Leva, Mombasa Simba, Burhani Sports, Jeffery’s and Memon Sports with host Mombasa Sports Club are some of the teams which have confirmed participation with a total of 25 matches expected to be played during the tourney.
NIC Bank sponsorship will cover the Branded uniforms, officiating fees, the awards, advertising costs as well as the official tourney gala dinner that will be held after the finals of the three months tourney.
On his part, the Coast Cricket Association Chairman, Mr Sanjay Patel, said: “We are grateful to NIC Bank for sponsoring this year’s tourney, as it brings together local cricket enthusiasts in the business community and gives them the opportunity to play competitive cricket. It also allows them to play with teams in a tournament that is quickly gaining reputation as the home of raw talent in the annual cricket calendar.”