TAIT successfully organizes its annual cricket tournament
The mega cricket event organized by the Trade Association of Information Technology (TAIT) was a unique initiative that saw OEMs and IT retailers (Channels) come together to play as a team. The event was held at the Bhakti Park Garden, Anik Wadala Link Road, Bhakti Park, Wadala East, Mumbai. The LG-Orno Gladiators, a team owned by LG, in association with its distributor Orno Computers, displayed an all-rounder team performance as they played with 11 other teams for two days to win the coveted grand final and claim the SEAGATE-TAIT IT CUP 2018 title.
Spearheaded by the new Director on board, Sunil Thariani, along with the event committee members, Directors, namely Samir Parekh, Samir Mehta, Magan Gangani and Gopal Pansari, this initiative was well supported by the board. The event was meticulously planned and followed the popular IPL format of cricket. The twelve participating teams were formed with the key OEMs as owners and the distributors as co-owners, making them close partners and team members. The teams were divided into four groups and played 12 league matches, 4 quarter- finals and 2 semi-finals.
Jwala Singh, a formal national-level cricketer, the current Director of the Mumbai Cricket Club and coach of Prithvi Shaw – the illustrated Indian cricket captain of the under-19 team, was the honourable Chief Guest at the tournament.
K. R. Chaube, President, TAIT, said, “The TAIT has been organizing the TAIT IT Cup for the past 15 years with earlier 11 years with the season ball and open-ended format and since last 4 years in the reformed format. Each time, we try to improvise. This year, we have introduced a very innovative format, involving all the partners in the larger IT ecosystem, including OEMs (vendors), distributors, channels, TAIT members, etc. Our objective is to bring these partners together in an informal and engaging platform where, through cricket, they can work towards winning as a team effort. The same bonding and team spirit can then be applied off the field and they can work together to mutually benefit and grow the business while creating a close-knit IT community.”
The Title Sponsor of the tournament, Sameer Bhatia, Country Manager, India and SAARC Region, Seagate, added, “I would like to thank TAIT for organizing and meticulously planning this mega event and bringing the entire IT community together. It is a wonderful platform for OEMs, distributors and partners to bond and unwind in a playfully competitive environment. We, as IT professionals are so busy in our daily schedules and, although a form of networking, events like these are effective stress busters, allowing us to gain a small part of the lost work-life balance. In the past couple of years, Seagate has been actively associated with social networking and events such as these and we plan to continue encouraging such initiatives in the future.”
The HP Savex Stars Vs Livetech Hitters and LG Orno Gladiators Vs Epson Sanghvi Challengers played the two semi-finals, with LG Orno Gladiators and HP Savex Stars making it to the finals. The HP Savex Stars and LG Orno Gladiators fought it out in the finals, with LG Orno Gladiators winning the cup by 6 wickets. HP Savex Stars were awarded the runners-up trophy. Apart from these, the other coveted titles included:
The Man-of-the-Series title was awarded to Aakash Aakhade of LG Orno Gladiators sponsored by Seagate and the winning team and runner team each member were felicitated with medals and the gift from Livetech.
Apart from this, every match of the tournament recognized the following award categories:
. Man of the Match sponsored by Seagate and Netprotector
. Stylish Player sponsored by Eaton
. Curve moment of the match by Sound Solutins
. Every six and best catch by Suresh Computers
The event has been sponsored by:
Title Sponsor – Seagate, Co-Sponsor – DBS, KIT Sponsor – ACER, Boundary Sponsor – TSS Vision, Mumbai Live TV Sponsor – D-Link, Radio City Sponsor – Creative Peripherals, Tent Sponsors – Bluecom, Silver Sponsors – Zotac, Cheer leaders Sponsors – Intex.
Associate Sponsors – Samsung QLED Monitor curved, I Ball, Thrumm, Eaton, NP AV, Logitech and Mans
Gifting Sponsors – Seagate, Livetech, OM Shakti Computers, Kaspersky and Suresh Computers