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17 year old plans to spend his holidays after Matric with a difference.

Johannesburg (South Africa) : With many matriculants enjoying a well deserved break after the stress and tensions associated with final year end exams and awaiting the results– Hamza Farooqui, the Founder and CEO of iCricketer.com will be celebrating the end of his high school career, with a difference.

Farooqui will be joining the entire media contingent to provide coverage on the Millennium series currently underway between England and South Africa.

At the tender age of 14, he pioneered a website that would provide cricket news and information to fans around the globe. He uses the Internet as a platform to disseminate information and works with other means of technology to revolutionise the way cricket fans follow the game.

His achievement is that the website iCricketer.com is the first and only fully fledged website to be run by a 17 year old South African.

Features such as live coverage, expert opinions, and a huge cricket database from which player profiles are drawn – and many more features will be available to the avid cricket fan. Besides the value added features to the live coverage, additional ball-by-ball statistics are already available.

iCricketer.com’s development team in Asia and the local team are the pioneers in the design and development of the new look website. They have exclusive correspondents who are providing news and information, thus allowing the website to focus on its philosophy of delivering Quality Content. This will drive quality traffic and create unprecedented growth.

Taking the cue from the Quality Content facet of the website, the young entrepreneur has launched iCricketer.com/Syndication. This division of the website is providing actual cricket content to some of South Africa’s most important and influential media brands. Already in the stable are the likes of Radio 702, ETV and Lotus FM. Farooqui himself is providing live crossings to a host of community stations in South Africa.

A professional crew of journalists are contributing to these media brands under the group name of iCricketer.com. Besides traditional media syndication, South Africa’s leading online brands are taking live cricket feeds from the website and linking back to the main iCricketer.com portal, resulting in greater traffic and a widest possible audience. The youngster’s website has the potential to notch up in excess of 20 million users in South Africa alone.

Keeping the entrepreneurial flair, the 17 year old CEO, has partnered up with the country’s leading Cellular value added service provider - CoinTel, to develop a product called The Cricket Centre. Fans from anywhere in the world can call the Cricket Centre on 082-231-1818 and catch the latest live cricket scores of the English tour to South Africa, as well as the tri-angular series, daily news, and interviews with the stars in action and even have an opportunity to win fabulous prizes.

Farooqui hopes to expand his ability to create ideas and implement them in the corporate world. With many more hurdles to face he is ready for the challenge. During 1998 he was amongst the country’s top 10 finalists in the ABSA Bank young entrepreneurs competition. During November ’99, Pakistan’s youth publication, The Teenager awarded him Youth of the Millennium.

Being at the helm of affairs for the group, and its three core divisions, online, syndication and technology, his vision already has a strong international presence, having representatives and Bureaus in the Sub-Continent and Canada.

For now, he hopes to focus on achieving success during the forthcoming season, touring around the country, following Hansie’s boys and being part of the Media fraternity. Influencing key Media, IT, Marketing positions, all this, at the age of only 17.

Combining entrepreneurial flair, with honest hard work and sheer determination will lead to a future with immense potential set towards unprecedented and sustained growth

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