The 2017 MoneyGram Cricket Bee Chicago and New Jersey winners announced

Rahul Walia, Founder of MoneyGram Cricket Bee, Kevin Paul (First Runner Up), Alpesh Gohil (Regional Champion), Sohail Malik (Second Runner Up), and Julian Callachor, Chicago Quizmaster



Six new champions have been crowned in Chicago and New Jersey with four of them heading to the Cricket Bee Finals in New Jersey next month. In Chicago, Sohail Malik of Westmont, IL was declared second runner up, Kevin Paul of Chicago, IL was first runner up and the Regional champion was Alpesh Gohil of Schaumburg, IL. In New Jersey, Ashwin Iyer of Jersey City, NJ was declared second runner up, Senthilkumar Sethuraman of Shrewsbury, MA was first runner up and the Regional champion was Shyamsundar Soundararajan of Edison, NJ. The competition allows cricket fans to compete for prizes while sharing their knowledge of the game to win a cash prize of $10,000.

Senthilkumar Sethuraman (First Runner Up), Shyamsundar Soundararajan (Regional Champion), Ashwin Iyer (Second Runner Up), and Rahul Walia, Founder of MoneyGram Cricket Bee

Open to those 18 and older, the MoneyGram Cricket Bee is continuing the search of the brightest Cricket fan with regional rounds in San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, New Jersey and will conclude in Toronto, each testing participants’ general cricket knowledge. The regional contest will have two components, a written test and an oral test. In the written qualifier, contestants will be asked 35 questions. They must get at least 25 correct to advance to the oral round. In the oral round, the contest will be held on a miss and out basis; simply if a contestant misses the right answer, they are eliminated.

Unlike quiz shows, the Cricket Bee will be conducted so that contestants are competing with themselves and the question posed to them as opposed to their peers.

Cricket enthusiasts can still participate at the remaining centers in Toronto. Contestants can register to compete in the game of their choice at A sample set of questions and sources will be provided for the participants.

“We are thrilled to sponsor the 2017 Cricket Bee and as always, we enjoy being a part of an initiative that our customers are passionate about,” says Wendi Schlarb, MoneyGram’s head of marketing for the Americas. “Cricket is a sport that brings friends and loved ones around the world closer together, much like MoneyGram’s services. It’s always exciting to be a part of activities that support our South Asian communities.”

Kawan Foods serves as the powered by sponsor for the innovative event and has been deeply involved with the South Asian community through various initiatives and hopes to connect with the entire Cricketing community here in the US and Canada.

“We want to congratulate the winners of the regional contest and wish them continued success in their endeavor to win $10,000,” said Tim Tan, MD Kawan Foods.

“There was a lot of excitement and immense talent at the regional which goes to show how passionate people are about the game. Participants had an opportunity to network and interact with other cricket players and enthusiasts from various cities and I am very happy to have our first set of finalists.” said Rahul Walia, Founder of the Cricket Bee.

TV Asia serves as the exclusive broadcaster for the event and has been a strong proponent of promoting Cricket in the country.

“We are so proud to be a part of the MoneyGram Cricket Bee, it’s definitely a great platform for cricket enthusiasts across the country and we are excited to see them at the finals.” said HR Shah, chairman and CEO of TV Asia and an avid cricketer himself.

The finals are slated for August 12th and are open for the public to watch. You can reserve seats by calling 848-248-4199.



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