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BCCI ropes in MPL Sports as Team India’s official kit sponsor

Under the new 3-year-deal, Men's, Women’s and the Under-19 India cricket teams will wear MPL Sports designed and manufactured jerseys.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 17, 2020 12:26:48 pm
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced its deal with MPL Sports, the sports merchandise brand from Mobile Premier League- an e-sports platform, as the new kit sponsor and official merchandise partner for the Indian Cricket Team.

As per the BCCI statement, under the newly-inked strategic partnership, MPL Sports has entered into a three-year agreement from November 2020 to December 2023. MPL Sports’ association with the BCCI begins with upcoming India’s tour of Australia, 2020-21, which will see Team India sporting the new jerseys.

The deal was cleared by the Board’s apex council on November 2. Nike had a five-year deal during which they paid Rs 370 crore from 2016 to 2020.

The senior men and women and the Under-19 teams are also a part of the deal for the new kits.

Talking on the deal, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said in official statement,” We look forward to MPL Sports adding a new chapter to the team’s kit, and bring Official BCCI licensed merchandise within easy and convenient reach for the billion-plus fans who cheer for Team India.”

Board secretary Jay Shah said: “The partnership leads us to a new frontier for Team India and for sports merchandising in the country.

“This partnership aims at facilitating access to high-quality Indian cricket fan merchandise, including the coveted Indian cricket team jersey for cricket fans not just in the country but globally.”

The previous deal with Nike, a four-year contract, ended in September.

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