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The off field cricket mania

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If you are an absolute fan of the gentleman’s game and are eagerly looking forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which begins on Saturday, then this is a list just for you. From how to get updates on your mobile to all the memorabilia that can be bought to the world cup special delicacies, here’s a compilation of what’s being offered

If you are an absolute fan of the gentleman’s game and are eagerly looking forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which begins on Saturday, then this is a list just for you. From how to get updates on your mobile to all the memorabilia that can be bought to the world cup special delicacies, here’s a compilation of what’s being offered

Get your merchandise

All you cricket fans can get their hands on the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 merchandise through HyperCITY Retail Ltd, the authorised retailer in India. The merch, which includes T-shirts, caps, sippers, mugs, etc, will be available across 16 stores across the country. They have also tied up with Cricinfo to sell the merch online.

It includes branded wrist bands, caps, coffee mugs, t-shirts for men and women and sippers starting from Rs 99 to Rs 999. Shoppers will also win a chance to meet cricketers Ajinkya Rahane and R Ashwin on buying merchandise worth Rs 1,999.

Grab your phone and order some food!

If you’re one of those who like calling their friends home to watch the match and need food delivered, Zomato is all set to cater to your needs. The online restaurant guide will begin to take orders for meals on behalf of restaurants listed on its portal and the service is timed to coincide with the start of the Cricket World Cup.

“We are allocating Rs 300 crore to launch the online food ordering business. We will cover 2,000 restaurants in March and extend to 10,000 restaurants in the next six months,” said Deepinder Goyal, chief executive officer of Zomato.

Head out for this special world cup menu

Head to The Bar, Novotel, between February 14 and March 29 and immerse yourself into the custom crafted special cocktails and snacks to mark the best sporting action. Celebrate the World Cup over the wonderful spread that includes pink lady, planters punch, Irish coffee, Colombo prawns, Peshawari gosht seek, Dhaka kathi roll, macchi amritsari, Braai hot dogs, lamb sambousak, fish and chips and much more.

These souvenir sheets are a must buy

To commemorate the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 being hosted by Australia and New Zealand, the New Zealand Post has brought out an attractive souvenir sheet depicting the logo of the World Cup and colours of the 14 participating nations in the form of ball shaped stamps.

In order to celebrate the sporting event and to offer something unique and memorable to cricket lovers and philatelists, the souvenir sheets are available in all philatelic bureaus and head post offices in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. A single souvenir sheet will be available for Rs 400 and a pack of five can be availed for Rs 2,000.The sheets can ordered online through www.indiapost.gov.in and Snapdeal.

Get updates on the go

If you are desperate to know what’s going on and your work is keeping you away from the game, then subscribe to txtWeb’s world cup pack. The pack allows fans to stay on top of all the exciting action during the month and a half cricket extravaganza. It includes everything from live scores, match schedule, cricket facts, an awesome game and more! To access the app, anytime, anywhere, users just have to SMS WCPACK to 51115. The pack is currently live on Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel, Idea and Tata Docomo. The user gets charged up to Re 1/SMS.

Watch the matches in HD

Yes! Watch the matches in high definition! Dish TV has introduced a package for new and existing customers in south India. The DTH operator is providing 36 HD channels. With the addition of two sports HD channels, Star Sports HD 1 and Star Sports HD 2, the DTH operator has a complete mix of entertainment, music, news and regional language.

An online guide for international spectators

If you’re planning to fly to Australia for the matches and need information on what can be done there and where to eat, etc, then this website is just for you. The South Australian Tourism Commission has developed a new microsite for the world cup which can be accessed through southaustralia.com. The Adelaide Oval is hosting three pool matches and a quarter final – with the much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan on February 15.

Rodney Harrex, chief executive, Tourism Commission, said, “The microsite will be a one-stop-shop for information, especially for international visitors and will complement the broader southaustralia.com website. We know that a significant proportion of them will be seeking information on their mobiles on things to do, where to eat, etc, and we want to make it easy for them to access this information.”

“We want visitors to take the opportunity to experience everything our state has to offer including our beautiful regions, great landscapes, and our premium food and wine. Adelaide offers free WiFi so people will be able to access information on the go on their mobile devices.

Everything from match times, FanZone activities and event road closure details to information about places of worship, transport options, and vegetarian and halal restaurants is included on the microsite,” he said. The microsite also features three films developed for Indian visitors.

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