Colonial Group to sponsor ODI cricket and Regional Super50
CGI and West Indies ODI players at Sandals Resorts (Barbados) where the announcement was made. (PHOTO: AMN)
Colonial Group International Ltd. (CGI) has announced a major global partnership with Cricket West Indies (CWI) that “will benefit cricket across the region from communities and young families to professional cricketers”.
Colonial has signed as Title Sponsor/ Official Partner of the West Indies ODI Home Series starting Wednesday, in Barbados. This global partnership also includes becoming the title sponsor of the CWI Super50 Tournament, enabling Colonial and CWI to positively impact the cricket communities within the Caribbean and also reaching worldwide.
CGI is a Bermuda-based holding company for the Colonial Group of Companies, which has commercial operations in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Barbados, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The group is comprised of independently incorporated companies in these jurisdictions offering property and casualty insurance, employee benefits for pensions and health, life assurance and personal investment products and has received an “A Excellent” rating from AM Best.
“The West Indies had a fantastic Test series victory over England and we hope that leads to even greater things for cricket in the Caribbean. We believe that our partnership will help develop the sport at the grassroots level and build a great future for cricket,” said Colonial’s CEO, Naz Farrow.
“Colonial is fully committed to the local communities it operates in and shares the core values of CWI; building happy, healthy active lifestyles for millions of people, whilst inspiring and uniting communities worldwide.”
Marlon Graham, VP of Brokerage & Broker Relationships, Caribbean for CGI, said he is thrilled that Colonial has joined forces with CWI.
“Coming as I do from Barbados and having played for the West Indies at under-19 level, I am absolutely delighted that Colonial is involved in this sponsorship,” he said.
“Colonial as a provider of Health Insurance in Barbados is keen to support and encourage healthy active lifestyles, cricket as a sport can help achieve this. Hopefully, this sponsorship will assist people to play more cricket than ever before. We want to help find the cricket stars of the future, men and women.”
Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI also expressed his excitement at the partnership.
“We are delighted to welcome Colonial Group International as the title partner of the One Day International Series, the Super50 and also as the official insurance partner of Cricket West Indies. The breadth and depth of Colonial’s partnership with us will benefit cricket across the region from communities and young families to professional cricketers and especially fans of both the Super50 and the Windies,” he said.
“It also demonstrates that cricket remains a great platform to reach many fans and communities and we are truly excited to partner with Colonial whose ambitions to be #1 in their field mirror our ambitions to strengthen cricket in the West Indies for millions of people.
“Cricket heroes inspire the next generation of children to play the game in their communities and this partnership will also aim to improve children’s health and activity through cricket.”
The Colonial Medical Insurance ODI Series begins with the first ODI at the Kensington Oval on Wednesday, February 20 with the second set for the same venue on Friday, February 22.
The series then moves to the Grenada National Stadium for the third ODI on Monday, February 25 with the fourth also to be held at that venue on Wednesday, February 27.
The series concludes at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground on Saturday, March 2.