July 17, 2023
Press Release 

Seattle Orcas Announce UST As Premier Sponsor For Inaugural Major League Cricket Season

Seattle Orcas are one of six teams competing in America’s MLC this July, which features world-class players in a historic competition, playing the fast-paced T20 cricket format.

The Seattle Orcas today announced that UST, a world-leader in helping the world's best organizations succeed through digital transformation, has been signed as the cricket team’s premier sponsor for the inaugural U.S Major League Cricket competition.

Major League Cricket commenced in Grand Prairie, Texas, July 13, with a sell-out crowd enjoying every ball bowled. Like UST, who specialize in crafting disruptive solutions and strategies to bring their clients’ visions to life, Seattle Orcas are proud to be a part of Major League Cricket, bringing the fast-paced T20 format to the States to be a new and disruptive player on the national sports stage.

The new partnership comes as cricket is making its professional debut in the U.S., continuing the momentum for a sport that boasts 2.5 billion fans globally. 19 games are being played in this inaugural season, leading up to the first ever championship final , July 30, and the new addition to North America’s summer sports roster has already piqued the interest of fans so much that CBS has just started broadcasting select matches live on its sports network.

As well as the premium partnership with UST, the Seattle Orcas can celebrate not just the fact they’ve won both their opening games in the competition, but that they are rounding out their key partnerships with technology superstars Veeam, Lyca Mobile, and Zuper. 

"We are thrilled to welcome UST (our Premier Sponsor), Veeam, LycaMobile and Zuper to the Seattle Orcas family as the inaugural season sponsors” said Soma Somasegar, a co-owner of the Seattle Orcas. “With season one of Major League Cricket in the U.S. underway, it is exciting to see the world of global technology, business and sports coming together to deliver a world-class sports experience in the U.S. for cricket fans globally. The passion and love for cricket is what makes this partnership and collaboration effective." 

This headline partnership makes UST the shirt sponsors for Seattle Orcas through the MLC competition.

Follow the Seattle Orcas on Instagram for the latest information on the team, standings, and for any breaking news. 

About The Seattle Orcas

The Seattle Orcas are owned by an investor group comprised of locally based Microsoft executives, technology entrepreneurs and venture capitalists - Soma Somasegar, Sanjay Parthasarathy, Satya Nadella, Samir Bodas and Ashok Krishnamurthi - partnering with the GMR Group [part owners of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals, who bring their extensive experience and relationships in the world of cricket to MLC’s Seattle franchise] . Plans are already afoot to develop a 6,000 capacity home ground at Marymoor Park, Redmond, Washington, ready to provide an inclusive welcome to men, women, families and players from around the world. The Pacific Northwest is already a hotbed for American cricket, boasting the current reigning Minor League Cricket champions, Seattle Thunderbolts. The ethos of the Seattle Orcas can be captured by the term FLICK, also a batting shot in cricket. The team is built on the support of its Fans in Seattle, some of the loudest in the sporting world. The Seattle Orcas want to spread the Love of cricket throughout the United States. The franchise is committed to be Inclusive of men, women, families and players from around the world. The team will Compete to win and Keep it Fun so everyone can enjoy the game of cricket.

About UST

For more than 23 years, UST has worked side by side with the world's best companies to make a real impact through transformation. Powered by technology, inspired by people, and led by our purpose, we partner with our clients from design to operation. Through our nimble approach, we identify their core challenges, and craft disruptive solutions that bring their vision to life. With deep domain expertise and a future-proof philosophy, we embed innovation and agility into our clients' organizations—delivering measurable value and lasting change across industries, and around the world. Together, with over 30,000 employees in 30+ countries, we build for boundless impact—touching billions of lives in the process. Visit us at www.UST.com.

About Lyca Mobile

Lyca Mobile is the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator, operating in 22 countries across five continents – including the UK, USA, large parts of Europe and Africa (where it operates as an MNO in Uganda). It is the market leader in the prepaid mobile calls market, with over 16 million customers worldwide and a new one joining every two seconds.

About Veeam

Veeam® the #1 global provider of Data Protection and Ransomware Recovery provides organizations with resiliency through data security, data recovery and data freedom for their hybrid cloud. The Veeam Data Platform delivers a single solution for Cloud, Virtual, Physical, SaaS and Kubernetes environments that give businesses peace of mind their apps and data are protected and always available so that they can keep their businesses running. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with offices in more than 30 countries, Veeam protects over 450,000 customers worldwide, including 82% of the Fortune 500 and 72% of the Global 2,000. Veeam’s global ecosystem includes 35,000+ technology partners, resellers, service providers, and alliance partners. To learn more, visit www.veeam.com or follow Veeam on LinkedIn @veeam-software and Twitter @veeam.

About Zuper

Zuper is an intelligent field service management and customer engagement platform that is enabling hundreds of residential and commercial service businesses in industries such as cleaning, pool maintenance, landscaping, HVAC, roofing, garage repair, internet service providers, restoration, solar solutions and others to offer an on-demand experience to their customers by optimizing the utilization of a distributed field workforce. Organizations using Zuper save at least 20 hours per week, per user and improve customer satisfaction by more than 50%. ​In 2020, Zuper launched ZuperCCPack, a solution to help businesses across different industries ensure their workforce stays compliant and up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

Zuper enables organizations with field service teams to better organize and provide the best possible customer experience through its intelligent workforce management platform. The company's white-label application allows businesses to efficiently manage their operations and workforces from anywhere and dispatch the right person with the right information at the right time. The company also helps organizations maintain COVID-19 compliance and create a safe environment for employees, customers, and the community through its ZuperCCPack. Founded in 2016, Zuper Inc is headquartered in Seattle and has offices in India and the Middle East. For more information, please visit https://zuper.co/.