Karachi University 74 for 0 (Ammar 37*, Haris 26*) beat University of Sargodha 70 (Raza 28, Shahzaib 5-6) by 10 wickets at the Red Bull Campus Cricket, Pakistan finals.
This news made waves over last Saturday when at the world finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket Pakistan, University of Karachi beat University of Sargodha, and qualified for playing world finals in London, which are scheduled for later this year.
In my opinion, its a great initiative how Red Bull is sponsoring and encouraging cricket at University level. The good thing is that this is not just limited to Pakistan only, but the world over. Imagine how our boys would get a chance to outshine and prove themselves to the rest of the world in cricket.
I personally after attending the finals event was overwhelmed and taken by surprise of how well managed and well planned this whole idea was, as the university level sports enthusiasts were getting full coverage and a chance to be groomed and get much needed exposure.
Since Red Bull is a big name itself, the event turned out to be huge in terms of media coverage and positive word of mouth made rounds in sports circle. All the matches of the tournament were LIVE telecasted on Geo Super.
Stalwarts and present day Pakistan stars like Moin Khan, Rashid Latif, Nadeem Khan, Faisal Iqbal, Anwar Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Khurram Manzoor graced the event and mingled with the crowd, later a selfie time was also dedicated for the audiences. All these cricketers supported and mentored the young talent for their splendid performances.
The thing apart from cricket that took my attention was the Red Bull Drones. Seriously drones! There were drones flying and shining over the crowd all through the event that would drop cans of Red Bull at intervals. This whole idea of marketing was just so brilliant. It caught many eyes each time it would fly over our heads and people would speculate what could they actually be; cameras or just another publicity stunt!
I wish more and more multinationals invested in sports events like these and support our young and budding talent.
The official Red Bull Campus Cricket tournament details can be read and viewed here: http://bit.ly/1qHKhlt