Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East

Saudi Aramco signs partnershi­p agreement with the ICC Cricket Council

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Aramco, the world’s largest producer and exporter of oil, has signed a global partnershi­p with the Internatio­nal Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body responsibl­e for overseeing all major men’s and women’s cricket events scheduled until the end of 2023.

These cricket events include the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa, the ICC World Test Championsh­ip Final in the UK, and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India, Aramco said.

As per the energy giant, the partnershi­p aims to connect Aramco with a global audience of more than one billion cricket fans across the world as it looks to expands its mission to deliver affordable, reliable and more sustainabl­e energy to customers around the world.

Aramco has also been granted naming rights for ICC Player of the Match awards, which celebrate elite performanc­es throughout each event.

As a part of the deal, Aramco branded recycling machines will be installed across all seven match venues in Australia for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this month.

Plastic waste collected from these machines will be converted into clothing for future ICC events, the company said.

“We are delighted to welcome Aramco into the family of ICC global partners. Our shared commitment to excellence is the foundation of the partnershi­p and we are looking forward to working with Aramco on our major men’s and women’s events through to the end of 2023,” ICC chief executive Geoff Allardice said. Commenting on the developmen­t, Aramco global public affairs general manager, Talal Al-marri, said the partnershi­p represents a significan­t addition to its network of global partnershi­ps.

“Excellence is one of our core values and this is reflected in our support of cricket at the elite level,’ Al-marri said.

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