After being appointed ‘brand ambassador’ of the Gujarat State Election Commission, Cheteshwar Pujara has informed the district authorities that he will definitely vote on the polling date in Rajkot on April 30. Pujara has been part of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL-7 and had to seek permission from the franchise to allow him to travel back to his hometown and cast his vote for the Lok Sabha election.
Dr Rajendra Kumar, district collector of Rajkot said Pujara had informed him that he would be coming to vote on April 30 and that as brand ambassador for this election, he too is excited to vote.
“We have seen a low turn-out from youth in Rajkot and also in the state in the past and we are hoping that with Pujara being appointed brand ambassador for this election it will set a good example. Pujara is a busy player and despite playing non-stop cricket he will be here on April 30,” he said.
Kings XI is scheduled to play their last game of the UAE leg against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 28 whereas they will be playing their first game on Indian soil against Mumbai Indians on May 3 at the Wankhede Stadium. Kumar added that Pujara isn’t charging the state body anything in lieu of being the brand ambassador and instead all air-fare has been paid by the India batsman himself.
“He will come on his own expense from Dubai. Pujara had told us that whatever advertisements the state election commission wanted shot, needed to be completed before the IPL started,” Kumar added.