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Cricket secures deal with LICI

Tom Smith
Thursday, April 17, 2014

CRICKET Fiji yesterday announced a renewed one-year sponsorship deal with insurance company LICI (Life Insurance Corporation of India) which will cover the Easter competition.

The tournament's new name will now be the LICI Easter Championships.

In attendance at the press conference was Fiji operations manager for the company Sanjeev Kumar Jain alongside ex-Fiji captain Joe Rika, who is now the sport's development officer.

Jain handed over a $10,000 cheque which will help fund tournaments, buy new equipment and continue to improve the growing standards implemented by Cricket Fiji.

Jain expressed his delight at the renewal of the partnership.

"The sport is very popular in India and we want to be part of the growth of Fijian cricket and were very happy with the bond we have with our partners."

Rika was also quick to show his gratitude.

"We're honoured to partner with LICI again, the last three years have been amazing and we look forward to more positive times together.

"The current tournament is one of the biggest in Fiji with the new 50-over format and once again I just want to say thank you on behalf of our organisation for your support."

Meanwhile, Moce look on track to do what they were unable to do last year and defend their 2012 Crompton Cup title.

Yesterday, the side defeated Cricket Fiji Invitational by 128 runs at Buckhurst Park giving them three wins so far and a place in Saturday's semis. In the other match, Western Suburbs District Cricket Club (WSDCC) from Brisbane, Australia played their first game, in what turned out to be a thrilling four-run victory to Ono-i-Lau.

Crusaders defeated West Tigers by four wickets.


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