The Cricket World Cup 2015 has manifold increased sports goods’ exports across the world especially Europe’s non-cricket playing countries including Spain, France, Brazil and Belgium, said Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry Acting President Mir Alamgir.

He said that the Sialkot was globally famous for producing world-class sports goods. He added that the Sialkot-based sports goods manufacturers and exporters have introduced specially designed quality cricket bats for professional cricketers in the world.

He noted that the global fever of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 had also diverted the attention of the Europe’s non-cricket playing countries especially Spain, France, Brazil and Belgium toward Pakistan as cricket was also gaining popularity in these countries where soccer was much more popular than the other games.

“These countries have placed the bulk orders of import of the sports goods to Sialkot based exporters,” he added. He said that there was manifold increase in the exports of sports goods including cricket bats, pads, batting gloves, wicket keeping gloves, thigh pads, helmets and kit bags from Sialkot to Europe. He said that the Sialkot exporters were now getting import orders in bulk from the European countries.

“We have doubled the production shifts in the factories to complete the bulk orders of the exports,” he added. He termed it a very good and healthy sign of increasing business and exports of sports goods. He said that Sialkot was globally famous for producing world class sports goods.

He narrated that this welcoming situation has assured easy and hurdle-free access of Sialkot based sports goods exporters to Europe. He added that the Sialkot exporters have a great potential to explore and captures the international trade markets of the non-cricket playing countries.

Rs10m cash award for Afridi pledged


A Sialkot-based exporter has announced Rs10 million cash reward for Shahid Afridi if he plays well against Indian and the Pakistan team defeats its traditional rival in the cricket match being played Sunday.

Talking to newsmen, Zulfiqar Ahmed said that he thought Rs10 million cash reward for “Boom Boom Afridi” would be a noble way to pay homage to the Pakistan’s superstar, adding that there was no doubt that Shahid Afridi is the national hero.