The legend who is Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff will be wearing the Kukri Chang come March this year as Kukri sign one very exciting cricket partner in the shape of Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC).
We'll be the official kit supplier and owners of the Lancashire Cricket Store franchise for the next 4 years (until the end of the 2012 season) in what's arguably the biggest shirt manufacturer deal in English Domestic cricket - reflecting the prestige of LCCC and Kukri's status as the UK's biggest bespoke teamwear supplier.
From 2009, we'll be providing all playing and training kit for Lancashire County Cricket Club, Lancashire Cricket Board and Lancashire Academy teams, using high quality, innovative fabric technologies. We'll also design, produce and distribute a range of 'supporterwear' and merchandise that will be stocked in the Lancashire Cricket Store at Old Trafford, via their online shop (accessible via www.lccc.co.uk) and in other Kukri outlets around the UK.
Kukri have already created an extensive portfolio of sporting partners, supplying playing kit and leisure apparel to over 50 different sports such as Rugby Union (Worcester and Ulster), Rugby League (Ireland World Cup Team), Football (Team Bath & Celebrity Soccer Sixes), Hockey (Scotland & Australian World Champions), Netball (England & Australia), Lacrosse (England & Wales) and Basketball (Scottish Rocks) among others. We also kit out the Ireland Cricket Team, but Lancashire will be the first English County to wear the Kukri Chang!
The 2009 kits will be launched ahead of the county's pre-season tour of the UAE, and the new Kukri stock (kit and leisure wear) will be available in store from February 2009.
Kukri Group Commercial Director and Kukri revolutionary, Phil Morris, added: Kukri are really proud to have been chosen by LCCC to partner them over the next 4-years. As a company based in Lancashire with many international partnerships such as the Hong Kong Rugby 7's, Hockey Australia and Spanish Handball, it is fantastic to be able to partner such a prestigious club closer to home. We are very proud that from a humble beginning in Preston in 2002 to now find ourselves as one of the fastest growing companies in the UK both in sales and profit. Our 110 sales and administration staff are all delighted to be involved with the biggest cricket club in the UK with a proud history and we are working hard to deliver a range of products that the best supported team in the country deserve."
Geoff Durbin, Lancashire's Commercial Director added; "We are delighted to have signed what is almost certainly the biggest kit deal in County cricket with such a progressive and innovative company as Kukri. This is great news for Lancashire Members and supporters who I'm sure will love the new designs, whilst the commercial income which will be generated from the new contract will be a welcome boost for the Club in this tough economic climate."