Bangla Tigers unveil jersey
The team was introduced to the audience
Bangla Tigers unveiled team jersey and theme song at a well-attended gala ceremony at a hotel in Abu Dhabi.
More than 150 guests, officials attended the event in which the full squad of the Bangla Tigers were introduced to the audience.
Welcoming the guests, Yasin Chowdhury, Bangla Tigers' Owner and Chairman of FMC Group, said, "We have received tremendous response from Bangladeshi expatriate community across the UAE as we conducted a number of roadshows to attract them to the Zayed Cricket Stadium to watch our matches and support our team.
"We are deploying 60 buses to attract audience who will be offered free tickets and meal vouchers so that they could enjoy the matches. Bangla Tiger is a team of all Bangladeshis, not only mine and we want to share the joy with everyone."
The event was attended by Shaji Ul Mulk, Founder and Chairman of T10 Sports Management.
Welcoming Bangla Tigers to the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, Shaji Ul Mulk says, "We are excited to have Bangla Tigers at the Abu Dhabi T10 league. Bangladeshis are one of the largest communities in the UAE. They are a significant part of our society in the UAE. Their entry fills an important gap and that is the large Bangladeshi expatriate community in the UAE.
"With their team in the field, we expect Bangladeshi crowd to fill up the stadium in support of their team. I wish them best of luck."
Bangla Tigers have 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.
Bangla Tigers' management has met 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.
A second community gathering was hosted by Bangla Tigers in Mussaffah, Abu Dhabi, in which more than 2,000 people attended.
Yasin Chowdhury said, "Our dialogue with the leading members of the large Bangladeshi expatriate community in the UAE has been successful. We received tremendous response from the community members. 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.
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.
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.
Bangla Tigers play their first match against the Deccan Gladiators 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.
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