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Now, a cricket league for TV artistes

At a time when everyone including the Bollywood industry and the corporates are trying to show their inclination towards sports by associating with a sports league, it was quite unlikely for the TV industry to not be a part of the trend

Mumbai |
Updated: September 19, 2014 1:00:11 am
Nivedita Basu and  Ssharad Malhotraa Nivedita Basu and Ssharad Malhotraa

By Priyanka Bhadani 

At a time when everyone including the Bollywood industry and the corporates are trying to show their inclination towards sports by associating with a sports league, it was quite unlikely for the TV industry to not be a part of the trend. Thus, now there’s a cricket league, Box Cricket League for the television fraternity. The league was initiated by the Arora Brothers of Marinating Films earlier this year in March and is coming back in a bigger and better avatar. The owners are even in talks with a leading sports channel for the telecast of the matches. The trial season in March had six teams, however, now, a source says that the there are eight teams now and Sony Six has given a nod for the telecast.
The six teams that played in March included Delhi Fukrey (promoted by Vishal Singh); Mumbai Mastram (with Krystle D’Souza as the Captain); Jaipur Joshiley that has Kamya Punjabi, Pratyusha Banerjee among others as teammates; Kolkata Babu Moshaye, promoted by Nivedita Basu; Ghaint Punjabis captained by Barkha Bisht; Surma Bhopali with Sara Khan as the captain has been rechristened as the Bengaluru team. The two new additions are the Pune team owned by Anmol jewellers with Shaleen Malhotra as the captain; and Ahmedabad team, co-owned by Mrunal Jain, Nandish Sandhu, Ajay Chaudhary and Manik.
“The league will kick off from October 11,” says Mrunal, who is excited to be a part of the league as it is an initiative to that will put forward the television industry.
Nivedita Basu, Kolkata team owner, says that unlike the trial season, the competition is going to get tougher this time. “We have quite a few new teammates. The number of overs has also gone up to 14 from 11,” says Nivedita, also informing that few other alterations can be expected like the names of the teams can be changed.
When we contacted Sunny Arora, he said that things are still under process and details are being finalised. “We would be able to comment only when everything is decided. But it is definitely getting bigger this time,” he says.

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