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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Malaysia Expatriate Charity Cricket Ashes , KL 14 Dec 2010

ASHES TEST CRICKET COMES TO MALAYSIA!

Mr Matt Bellotti, Captain of the England team of the Msia Expatriate Charity Cricket Ashes


Mr Peter De Kretser, Captain of the Australia team of the Msia Expatriate Charity Cricket Ashes with Tunku Pete Imran

One of the world’s oldest sporting contests – over 100 years – cricket matches between Australia and England will be played in Kuala Lumpur early next year.

An Australian and English team will battle it out for the ‘unofficial’ Ashes at the Royal Selangor Club, Bukit Kiara – known as the Malaysia Expatriate Charity Cricket Ashes; championed by Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine and GO Communications.

Organized in aid of the Breast Cancer Welfare Association, the Malaysia Expatriate Charity Cricket Ashes will coincide with the ‘real’ ashes that are being played in Australia.

As part of the fund raising initiatives, a cocktail party as well as an auction of cricket memoribilia, hosted by Ritz-Carlton Hotel, will be held at the conclusion of the match to further raise funds for the charity association.

The President of the Breast Cancer Welfare Association, Ms Ranjit Kaur said, “The Ashes cricket match is a unique and fun way to raise funds for our association.”

More than 30 guests attended the official launching of the Malaysia Expatriate Charity Cricket Ashes that was held today at the Royal Selangor Club in Bukit Kiara, witnessing the burning of cricket bails by Tunku Pete Imran, President of the Malaysia Cricket Association and Patron of the Malaysia Expatriate Charity Cricket Ashes; a symbolic gesture of the great game of cricket on the cricket sporting calendar.

As the official patron of the cricket match, Tunku Pete Imran will be presenting the ashes to the winning captain. The English team represented by team captain, Mr Matt Bellotti, Editor of Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine and the Australian team represented by captain, Mr Peter De Kretser, Chief Operating Officer of GO Communications; will be battling it out for the title of the first Malaysia Expatriate Chaarity Cricket Ashes winner. With two cricket legendary stars expected to attend the inaugural historic cricket match, the ‘unofficial’ cricket Ashes match will one that is not-to-be-missed.

Tunku Pete said, “I must congratulate the two captains, Matt Bellotti of England and Peter De Kretser of Australia for dreaming up such a wonderful and interesting way to support the charity, the Breast Cancer Welfare Association. Cricket is a sport that develops both character and friendship. The Ashes match will also help the expat community to be part of the Malaysian sporting community.”

When asked what their strategies were to ensure a winning outcome, Peter De Kretser, Captain of the Australian team and Chief Operating Officer of GO Communciations, commented, “We will be truly well-prepared. We’ve received some tips and a winning strategy up our sleeves. We’re looking forward to a very exciting and fun event!”

Matt Bellotti, Editor of Expatriate Lifefstyle Magazine, shares, “Admission to the event will be free of charge. The event is all about fun, and, of course, raising funds for the Breast Cancer Welfare Association. There will be lots of exciting activities for everyone to enjoy on the day itself as well.”

The Malaysia Expatriate Charity Cricket Ashes will take place in February next year and is expected to attract hundreds of members of the public.

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