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Hamza Farooqui, founder, group chairman and CEO of iCricketer.com seems remarkably young to have achieved the accomplishments listed in his CV. But at 20, he is a seasoned pro when it comes to new media, and it's all down to iCricketer.com.

Farooqui created the site in 1996, initially as a hobby to indulge his passion for cricket. It was when corporate South Africa took an interest in iCricketer.com that he was first catapulted into entrepreneurship - at the tender age of 14.

Farooqui's vision for iCricketer.com has always been to bring cricket coverage to a broad audience, accessing the content across a multitude of media channels. Day-to-day operations are based on his desire to make the iCricketer.com experience "as good as being there."

He has advanced his vision for iCricketer.com through organic growth over the years, ultimately grooming it into one of the country's leading content providers to an array of South African media players. Contributors based all around the world keep the site's content current, ensuring that its 5.1 million unique users can get their average twice-daily fix of industry news and live ball-by-ball coverage of games, wherever and whenever they are played.

Farooqui has received a number of industry accolades. In 1998, he was amongst the country's top 10 finalists in the ABSA Bank Young Entrepreneurs competition. A year later, Pakistan's youth publication 'The Teenager' named him Youth of the Millennium, and in 2000, Farooqui's company was one of the top 10 finalists in the fiercely contested Dubai Internet City E-business Challenge.

Farooqui's considerable experience is understandably highly sought after; he has been actively involved in numerous high-level IT, media and Islamic finance conferences, and was invited to speak at the prestigious Gulf Economic Forum held in Muscat in November 2002.

In addition to his responsibilities at iCricketer.com and its holding company, Convergence Group, Farooqui regularly consults to public and private sector organisations on sustainable e-business strategies.

He is one of the founders and a shareholding board member of a leading global talk satellite radio channel, and its parent company which has additional interests in retail. He is also CEO of a South African financial services group, currently working with a leading South African bank to produce a range of highly specialized services.

For further press information contact:
Hamza Farooqui
Group Chairman & CEO

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