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
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
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
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