DP World, ICC, Sachin Tendulkar launch global initiative
DP World to use smart logistics and end-to-end network to deliver kit and equipment to grassroots cricket clubs globally
DP World, a global leader in smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, unveiled Beyond Boundaries in partnership with cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and the International Cricket Council (ICC) to drive the growth of cricket around the world.
The global mission will see DP World use its end-to-end network and smart logistics capabilities to distribute fifty repurposed shipping containers to grassroots cricket clubs around the world, each one kitted out with essential equipment, says an official release.
"Ahead of the 2023 ICC Men’s 50 Over Cricket World Cup, taking place in India from October 5 to November 19, the first container was unveiled by DP World global ambassador Sachin Tendulkar at NSCI, Mumbai. The first DP World container along with 40 cricket kits will be placed at the Chikhalikar Sports Club in Palghar, Maharashtra while another 210 kits will be presented to young cricketers from academies including Achrekar Cricket Academy and Shivaji Park Gymkhana Academy."
Included within each container is 250 bespoke kits - each made up of a cricket bat, helmet, gloves and pads. "Each container is multipurpose, also serving as a pavilion which includes an in-built scoreboard, sun protection and seating."
Tendulkar says: “I am extremely happy to partner with DP World to go beyond boundaries and help make cricket possible globally. Like most young cricketers, I grew up playing for my local club. I understand the importance of quality cricketing equipment and kits. Grassroots clubs are the bedrock of every nation’s cricket. It’s heartening to see DP World's commitment to nurturing young cricketing talent not just in India, but across the world.
"These cricket containers will provide budding cricketers a place to rest and pad up. More importantly, this can be a great step towards ensuring a safe space for girls as the containers can be used as changing rooms. I am happy to be a part of this initiative, and look forward to witnessing its impact in supporting the next generation of cricketers across India and beyond."
The first container was designed by local artist Sadhna Prasad, and pays homage to the Master Blaster himself with the first 10 containers being inspired by Tendulkar’s legacy, the release added.
"We are truly proud to welcome Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar to the DP World family," says Kevin D’Souza, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Middle East, North Africa and India Subcontinent, DP World. "Sachin represents a billion dreams and has played an inspiring role in taking cricket beyond boundaries. A role model to youngsters, he epitomises hard work, determination and dedication to perfection. These are attributes that resonate with every member of DP World as we strive to make trade flow beyond boundaries for our customers and stakeholders. We are confident that our partnership with Sachin will serve to make cricket possible for even more people across the world.”
The Beyond Boundaries initiative will be highlighted throughout the course of the World Cup via the ICC broadcast with a graphic depicting how ten kits will be donated for every 100 runs scored in each match, the release added.