By: D.K Choudhary
Babar Azam Becomes Fastest Pakistani Player to Reach 1000 ODI runs
i. Pakistani batsman Babar Azam became the fastest player in Pakistan’s One Day International (ODI) history to score 1,000 runs in 21 innings during the 3rd ODI against Australia at WACA Ground in Perth, Australia on January 19, 2017.
ii. He started the series requiring 114 runs in the first two matches to break the record of reaching 1,000 runs in 20 innings. However he could score only 33 and 34. In the third ODI Azam reached the record by scoring 47 not out against and made 84 runs off 100 balls.
iii. With this score the 22-year-old right hand batsman, Azam, became the joint-fastest player to reach 1000 runs in ODIs. The first such record was made by Sir Viv Richards of West Indies in 1980 during an ODI against England in Sydney.
iv. Other in the list includes Kevin Pietersen (England), Jonathan Trott (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa).
Alibaba Becomes Worldwide Sponsor of Olympic Games through 2028
i. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group entered into a long-term partnership through 2028 on January 19, 2017 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. This makes Alibaba the worldwide sponsor of Olympic
Games through 2028.
ii. The partnership was agreed between IOC President Thomas Bach, Alibaba Group Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma and Alibaba Group Chief Executive Officer Daniel Zhang.
iii. With this Alibaba has become the first company in the world to make a long-term commitment to the IOC through 2028 as well as first Chinese company to commit to the
Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
iv. By joining The Olympic Partner (TOP) worldwide sponsorship programme, Alibaba will become the official “Cloud Services” and “E-Commerce Platform Services” Partner, as well as a Founding Partner of the Olympic Channel.
International Olympic Committee (IOC)
♦ Founded: 23 June 1894
♦ Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
♦ President: Thomas Bach