Hutch keeps fans in touch with ICC Champions Trophy
Sat, Oct 14, 2006 12:00 AM
ICC Global Partner Hutch has a host of ways for cricket fans to stay in touch with the action at the ICC Champions Trophy in India.
The cellular provider is offering live scores, analysis and live commentary in Hindi and English, SMS updates and Hutch Alerts.
And for those fans not able to get to India's opening match, against England in Jaipur on Sunday, or any of the other games in the month-long tournament, Hutch is the perfect solution.
Hutch is also the only mobile service provider officially licensed in India to provide these services around the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 and that is also the case for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.
As such, people subscribing to Hutch can be sure they are supporting cricket.
Hutch's services during the ICC Champions Trophy include:
On mobile portal PlanetHutch - Free live scores as well as other paid content like games, wallpapers and themes; also a reverse auction of tickets for the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 Finals; video replays of all ICC Champions Trophy 2006 matches; and coaching techniques with India captain Rahul Dravid.
On voice portal - Expert analysis in Hindi of all matches by former India player Arun Lal; the same in English for selected matches by former India player Sanjay Manjarekar & Arun Lal..
Live commentary - Audio streaming - Live scores and cricket commentary of all matches in English and Hindi; subscribers to this service also get SMS-based alerts of all wickets and every 10 overs.
On SMS - Subscribers can get the score by sending CKT as a SMS to 123 and get the detailed scoreboard by sending DET as a SMS to 123.
On Hutch Alerts - Cricket alerts for the latest breaking action.
In addition to these services, Hutch is beginning a promotion on 15 October with all prepaid subscribers that refill with Rs 250 getting alerts as well as who buy a new Hutch postpaid connection for all cricket matches for the next one month free of cost.
The promotion starts from the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 and continues for six months, until the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. Also, new subscribers - prepaid as well as postpaid - can enter a contest and win an all expense paid trip to see the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the West Indies and ICC merchandising.
These offers follow a cricket quiz Hutch ran during September with the winners getting tickets and accommodation to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in Mumbai on 5 November. This quiz was available over Hutch's voice portal - available in 10 India languages - on SMS and on mobile portal PlanetHutch.
ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said of Hutch's offers and promotions: "Hutch is a fantastic supporter of cricket, as can be seen from the way they are promoting the game so widely.
"The support Hutch and all of our Global Partners and Official Sponsors offer the game is vital as it means the ICC, as a not-for-profit organization, can continue to plough money back into cricket, supporting all 97 of our Members in their development of the game.
"The public can support the ICC's Global Partners and Official Sponsors safe in the knowledge that by doing so they are also directly supporting cricket, the game we all love."
Hutch is one of the ICC's four Global Partners, along with LG, Pepsi and Hero Honda. The ICC also has four official sponsors, Indian Oil, Cable & Wireless, VISA and Standard Chartered Bank.