Private hire operator Dragon Taxis has pledged a significant investment to support each of the 34 teams within the capital’s mid-week cricket league.
The new sponsorship package will help towards the costs of league fees, match balls, match officials and pitch fees, which can often set teams back over £1000 for an 18-game season and a Cup competition.
Many of Dragon Taxis’ driver-partners play within the 100-year-old league, which is the UK’s second largest league, incorporating three divisions and two cup competitions.
Mojeid Ilyas, Diversity Community Officer at Cricket Wales, said: “Cricketers within the community are absolutely elated with this partnership between the Cardiff Midweek Cricket League and Dragon Taxis.
“We’re really thankful that Dragon got in touch to support such an ethnically diverse cricket league as ours and that they are making such an effort to give back to Cardiff communities as well as some of their driver-partners who are currently participating in the league.”
Khawaja Ali Ajmal, Secretary of the Cardiff Mid-week League said: “On behalf of CMCL, I would like to thank Dragon Taxis for sponsoring our 2022 season. This support will open many new opportunities for the cricketers, as well as helping them develop their skills.”
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Jack Price, Regional Director of Dragon Taxis, which is part of the Veezu group, said: “We are always happy to support causes and interests close to the hearts of driver-partners, at the same time as supporting our local communities.
“Cardiff’s Pontcanna Fields is a hive of activity throughout the summer, and it would be such a shame to see this community activity impacted in any way. The league provides a great opportunity for driver-partners to get together and relax, with many younger players also within the league, being developed through the game.”
Dragon Taxis is currently seeking additional driver-partners to meet the surge of passengers returning following the pandemic and many of Dragon’s driver-partners who already play for the league find the freedom of being self-employed fits in well with their play and lifestyle, with realistic passenger fares of more than £1000 per week.
Dragon Taxis’ 34-team sponsorship will culminate in the Dragon Taxis Cricket Cup at Newport Cricket Club on Sunday, August 21st.
The Club is one of Wales’ most diverse and Dragon Taxis’ investment will help towards funding ground hire, the cost of officials, cricket balls and trophies at the highlight festival.
Dragon Taxis driver-partner Ranpreet Singh, who plays for Sialkot Cricket Club within the league, said: “It’s not only our club that appreciates this donation, but the others in the league too. A gesture like this from Dragon Taxis goes a long way to helping teams to continue to compete, no matter their situation.”