UAE businessman provides away 270 match tickets to blue-collared employees


A Dubai-based businessman has gifted free Asia Cup cricket match tickets to 270 blue-collar employees working in his organisation.

Anis Sajan, the vice chairman of Danube Group and well-known lover of the game, mentioned out of the 270 tickets distributed to the employees, 120 could be for the extremely anticipated India-Pakistan match set to happen on Sunday, August 28.

Scores of cricket followers have been patiently ready to get their palms on match tickets as they had been offered out hours after they went on sale on Monday, August 15. Nonetheless, regardless of the excessive demand, the tough-to-get tickets had been distributed to employees together with free t-shirts, mentioned Danube Group. Transportation to and from the stadium and meals packages have been organised for the employees.

Tickets for Asia Cup weren’t available, mentioned Sajan, who’s fondly generally known as Mr Cricket. “The workers at Danube Group spent numerous hours on-line ready to get their palms on the tickets for the employees. It was a matter of proper timing and luck. Although I used to be travelling once they had been attempting to obtain the tickets, I used to be overseeing the issues always because it was an actual problem for the workers to purchase them on-line,” he mentioned.

Sajan mentioned big screens had been put in throughout seven Danube Group warehouses within the Emirates for dwell viewing for employees who couldn’t get their palms on a ticket. “Staff are a spine of our enterprise. Although the tickets are powerful to search out, most expatriates right here can afford them. Nonetheless, the identical can’t be mentioned for blue-collared employees,” he added.

Extremely anticipated India-Pakistan match

Cricket matches between India and Pakistan have grow to be more and more uncommon, even on impartial grounds, mentioned Sajan. “Even when it does occur, solely a choose few can see your entire sport dwell on the stadium. For the blue-collar employees who slog by way of the day to make ends meet, seeing such a sport dwell is a distant dream,” he added.

The India–Pakistan cricket rivalry is likely one of the most intense sports activities rivalries on this planet. The expansion of huge expatriate populations from each nations across the globe led to impartial venues, together with the UAE and Canada, internet hosting bilateral and multilateral One Day Worldwide (ODI) sequence involving the 2 groups. The groups have met throughout Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) competitions.

Although a whole bunch of Danube Group workers could be watching the India-Pakistan match on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium, Sajan selected to observe the sport at his house with some shut family and friends members. “I have been lucky sufficient to observe cricket video games in stadiums worldwide, together with India, Australia, New Zealand, and many others. Now, it’s time for me to benefit from the sport with my family and friends,” he defined.

Along with the India-Pakistan match, the cricket fanatic will distribute tickets for different necessary Tremendous 4 video games. “Asia Cup organisers offered the tickets in a package deal of three. If we would have liked one match ticket, we had to purchase them for 3 video games,” he added.

Concerning his plans for watching the India-Pakistan sport, Sajan said that he was very happy to observe it at house, the place he has organized a screening with a bunch of his associates who’re a mixture of Indians and Pakistanis.

“UAE might be the one nation the place the worth of tolerance permits folks of all nationalities to return collectively to have a good time such momentous events,” he defined.

“When Pakistan received towards India within the T20 match final 12 months, I celebrated with my Pakistani associates. I can’t think about celebrating like that in India or the identical means in Pakistan. The rivalry in cricket could be very intense,” he said.

Sajan added, “As a lot as I get pleasure from Bollywood movies, I additionally get pleasure from watching Pakistani dramas, and vice versa for my Pakistani associates. Our workplace additionally has a various mixture of nationalities, notably Indians and Pakistanis, who all work and revel in collectively.” Sajan has deliberate a mini carnival in his home for associates who have not been in a position to procure them. “We could have a dwell cooking counter, face portray, flags of each nations, and rather more,” he added.

Final 12 months, Sajan gifted free tickets to 100 blue-collar employees for probably the most awaited ICC Males’s T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan. “For me, that is greater than only a CSR exercise. It speaks volumes about my love for the sport,” he said.

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