Skilled batting and wicket-keeping are not the only ways to qualify for a trip to Sri Lanka for the 2012 International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World Twenty20 (T20). Thanks to a global blogger contest conducted by MoneyGram (NYSE: MGI), two self-proclaimed “criceratzi” – Farhan Aziz and Kritika Naidu – have been crowned “Ultimate Cricket Fans,” earning all-expense paid trips to Sri Lanka to interact with fans, attend training sessions, explore the culture, and blog about the tournament during the Super 8s, semifinals and finals from Sept. 28 to Oct. 7.
“This is one opportunity that I’m going to cherish my entire life,” said Naidu. “I’m just so happy. I was hoping this would happen, but I can’t believe it.”Aziz is a senior executive for Lathan & Watkins, an international law firm in Orange County, Calif., but he enjoys playing, watching, and talking about cricket in his spare time. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Aziz fell in love with cricket at a young age, often playing street cricket with his childhood friends. Aziz will be blogging from the Colombo site throughout the Super 8s, semifinals and finals. As the official money transfer sponsor of the International Cricket Council (ICC) MoneyGram will have a presence at all ICC cricket tournaments around the world from 2011 through 2015. About MoneyGram MoneyGram, a leading money transfer company, enables consumers who are not fully served by traditional financial institutions to meet their financial needs. MoneyGram offers bill payment services in the United States and Canada and money transfer services worldwide through a global network of more than 284,000 agent locations – including retailers, international post offices and financial institutions – in 196 countries and territories. To learn more about money transfer or bill payment at an agent location or online, please visit moneygram.com or connect with us on Facebook. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50417298&lang=en