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Mumbai Indians rope in Slice as principal sponsor for three years

Slice, one of India’s leading credit card challenger, on Thursday announced a three-year partnership with five-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians.

As part of the deal, slice’s logo will appear on the front of all Mumbai Indians’ official jerseys. Making its debut in sports sponsorship with this partnership, slice will have the opportunity to connect with millions of passionate cricket fans across the globe.

Commenting on the development, Rajan Bajaj, Founder-CEO, slice said: “There is definitely zero correlation between a financial product and a cricket team. However, there are a lot of similarities between two teams who are relentlessly seeking for championship. Being the most successful teams in the IPL with 5 titles to its name, Mumbai Indians inspires not only millions of its fans, but also entrepreneurs like me with the team’s passion, focus, and persistent spirit. It’s the shared hunger for winning and excellence that bring us together.”

“With cricket being at the heart of Indian culture, we will together bring more excitement to this vibrant culture as well as take it to all the cricket lovers around the world,” he added.

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians spokesperson said: “We wanted to partner with a brand with whom we shared common values. Innovation, technology and a fan-centric approach are core values for Mumbai Indians as well as slice. We both share the vision of offering our fans a world-class experience with the drive and enthusiasm to be the best.”

“This deal is testament to how a millennial brand like slice trusts us as their preferred partner to connect with their young customers. It is truly about making a difference in the way cricket and financial products are perceived by our millennial and Gen Z fanbase,” the spokesperson added.

Notably, the deal with a young and exuberant brand like slice re-iterates the massive appeal that Mumbai Indians commands amongst the millennials.

Over the years, the five-time IPL Champion has built a strong global fan base as the most successful and followed T20 franchise globally and its playing kit is one of the most powerful marketing real estate in the country. Time and again, brands have chosen MI to launch and tell their stories to the world.

In November 2021, slice entered India’s prestigious Unicorn club after raising $220mn in its Series-B fundraise co-led by Tiger Global and Insight Partners. The company is building the best payment experience in India with its slice super card. Having registered a 40% month-on-month growth and over 7 million registered users, the company aims to launch its UPI product in 2022 and further enhance the payments experience of the millennials and Gen-Z in India.

Significantly, Mumbai Indians is one of the most successful team in the history of the IPL as it has so far won a total of five IPL titles in the 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020 season. Also, this team has won a total of two Champions League trophies in 2011 and 2013.

The franchise commands immense brand value in the sporting world, with stakeholders trust, brand investment, fan engagement and performance. Brand Finance, a global brand valuation agency has recently accorded AA+ brand strength rating to Mumbai Indians.

Mumbai Indians has the reputation of a global sporting club with its far worldwide reach through digital presence, having close to 29 million fans engaged digitally across global.

CSK retains Dhoni; Rahul to lead Lucknow franchise in IPL 2022

Four-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have reportedly retained their captain MS Dhoni for the next three seasons of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

As per a report in The Indian Express, CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, who was the Orange Cap winner in IPL 2021, and star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja have also been retained by the franchise ahead of the mega auction, scheduled to be held in December.

Notably, as per the BCCI’s retention policy for IPL 2022, all teams are allowed to retain a maximum of four players and a list of the retention has to be submitted by November 30.

Meanwhile, CSK are also reportedly in talks with England all-rounder Moeen Ali to take the final retention spot however, if it doesn’t happens for any reason, the Yellow Brigade would aim to retain England all-rounder Sam Curran.

Notably, if the report comes true, it would mean that CSK star batter Suresh Raina will be going under the manner during the mega auctions.

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians, another most successful franchise of the lucrative league, are set to retain skipper Rohit Sharma and pacer Jasprit Bumrah.

The report further said that negotiations for Kieron Pollard are still on wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan can also be retained.

The Rohit-led franchise are also aiming to sign Suryakumar Yadav at the mega auction.

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals (DC) are set to retain Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw and South African pacer Anrich Nortje.

Moreover, Punjab Kings’ skipper KL Rahul is most likley to part ways with the Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta co-owned franchise and will reportedly lead the newly inducted Lucknow franchise in the IPL 2022.

Three-time champions and IPL 2021 runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will retain West Indian duo of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine while negotiations with spinner Varun Chakravarthy, Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer are still on.

Significantly, the next edition of the IPL will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of Ahmedabad and Lucknow franchise recently and will reportedly begin on April 2 in Chennai.

Recently, in his speech at CSK’s fourth IPL win celebration event in Chennai, board secretary Jay Shah had said that the IPL will be making a return to India after the entire 2020 season and a half-season of 2021 edition were staged in the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I know you all are waiting to see the CSK play at Chepauk. Well, the moment is not very far. The 15th season of the IPL will take place in India and it will be more exciting than ever with two new teams joining. We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had said at the function.

On the other hand, the Mega Auction for the next IPL season will be staged in December and the board secretary expected that the event will be ever more interesting with new combinations.

“We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had further said.

IPL 2021: Last two matches before playoffs to be played concurrently, announces BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on tuesday announced that the last two matches before the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 playoffs will be played concurrently.

“In a first for the IPL, the last two league matches before the VIVO IPL 2021 Playoffs will be played concurrently,” a press release from BCCI read.

“On the last day of the league stage (08.10.2021) of the ongoing season, instead of having one afternoon match and one evening match, two matches (SRH v MI and RCB v DC) will be played simultaneously at 7.30 PM IST (6.00 PM GST),” the statement added.

The release also stated that information regarding “IPL Media Rights tender for the cycle 2023-2027 will be released immediately after the appointment of two new IPL teams which is scheduled to be announced on 25th October 2021″.

Notably, it will the first time that the last day of the league stage in IPL will have matches being played concurrently.

As per the earlier schedule, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were to face defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in an afternoon game at 3:30 PM IST in Abu Dhabi while the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was to take on last season’s runners-up Delhi Capitals (DC) at 7:30 PM IST Dubai.

However, now both the affairs will be held in the evening at 7:30 PM IST.

IPL 2021: Fans allowed to witness live action at stadiums

After a brief hiatus owing to Covid-19 situation, the upcoming second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season will allow fans to witness live action at the stadiums, the BCCI announced on Wednesday.

The 2021 season will resume with a blockbluster clash between five-time champions and current title holders Mumbai Indians (MI) taking on three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 19.

“Fans can buy tickets starting September 16 for the remainder of the tournament on the official website www.iplt20.com. Tickets can also be purchased on PlatinumList.net,” the league said in a statement.

“Matches will be played at Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi with limited seating available keeping in mind the Covid protocols and UAE government regulations,” it added.

Significantly, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg in May first week.

Later on May 29, the BCCI had announced that the remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) remaining matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the months of September-October.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” a statement from the Indian Cricket Board had said.

“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the board also spoke to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November.

“The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the statement had said further.

At present, Delhi Capitals (DC), the last season’s runners-up, is placed at the top of the IPL 2021 points table with six wins from eight games and 12 points in their kitty.

DC is followed by CSK, RCB and MI at the second, third and fourth place respectively.

The next four places are occupied by Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has managed just a solitary win from seven games it played in the first half.

With 380 runs, DC’s Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter in the tournament while RCB’s Harshal Patel tops the charts for leading wicket-takes after scalping 17 wickets from seven games so far.

A total of 31 matches, which are remaining in this year’s season, is slated to be completed with the final on October 15.

The playoffs will begin on October 10, with Qualifier 1 in Dubai, the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 in Sharjah on October 11 and 13, respectively.

While most of the players have already landed in the UAE, the remaining players are likley to reach within a couple of days as some of them were part of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 season while few others were participating in the Sri Lanka home series against South Africa in the island nation.

IPL 2021: Franchises pool in to fly in players from CPL, SL-SA series

In a bid to fly in their respective players from the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the Sri Lanka-South Africa series into the UAE for the upcoming second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, the eight franchises have reportedly decided to pool in and get the players as quickly as possible.

As per reports, one charter plane will carry the players from CPL while the othe one will fly players, who are currently participating in the Sri Lanka-South Africa series.

In the first game of the second half, both Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) have their key currently participating in these two tournaments.

While CSK will have Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir (all CPL) and Lungi Ngidi (SL-SA series), MI will have Kieron Pollard (CPL) and Quinton de Kock (SL-SA series).

The players coming from these two tournaments will have to undergo two-day isolation before they join their respective team bubbles.

The players will not be asked to quarentine for six days as it will be a bubble to bubble transfer.

The players will however, be tested for Covid-19 after the two days and before they join their respective team bubble.

Recently, India skipper Virat Kohli and pace bowler Mohammed Siraj, who both represent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), landed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the second leg of the tournament on a charter flight from London.

The franchise informed that the charter flight was arranged by them after the fifth and final Test between India and England was cancelled at last minute after the visitors were unable to field a team after the Indian camp was hit by Covid-19.

Earlier, the BCCI had announced that every player coming to UAE from the UK would have to undergo six days of hard quarantine before they could join the existing team bubbles for the resumption of the 2021 IPL edition.

Significantly, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg in May first week.

Later on May 29, the BCCI had announced that the remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) remaining matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the months of September-October.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” a statement from the Indian Cricket Board had said.

“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the board also spoke to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November.

“The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the statement had said further.

At present, Delhi Capitals (DC), the last season’s runners-up, is placed at the top of the IPL 2021 points table with six wins from eight games and 12 points in their kitty.

DC is followed by CSK, RCB and MI at the second, third and fourth place respectively.

The next four places are occupied by Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has managed just a solitary win from seven games it played in the first half.

With 380 runs, DC’s Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter in the tournament while RCB’s Harshal Patel tops the charts for leading wicket-takes after scalping 17 wickets from seven games so far.

IPL 2021: RR announce Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas as replacements

Rajasthan Royals (RR) have announced the final set of their replacement players with the West Indian duo of Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas named as replacement players to join the squad for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) remainder, scheduled to be held in the UAE from September 19.

Left-handed opening batter from Trinidad and Tobago, Evin Lewis, will be a replacement for Jos Buttler.

Lewis, 29, had made his debut for West Indies during their 2016 World T20 campaign in India, and has 1318 runs to his name in 45 T20Is, at a strike rate of 158. The flamboyant batter has also scored 1847 runs for West Indies in 57 ODIs.

His blistering performances for the national side also led him to being picked up by the Mumbai Indians in 2018, for whom he scored 430 runs in 16 matches across 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Meanwhile, Jamaican right-arm pace bowler, Oshane Thomas, who is currently playing for the Barbados Royals in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be joining as a replacement for Ben Stokes in the Royals’ set-up.

Thomas, 24, had made his international debut in 2018, having faced India in a bilateral ODI and T20I series. Since then, Thomas, a recipient of West Indies’ Emerging Player of the Year Award in 2019, has picked up 27 wickets in 20 ODIs, and 19 wickets in 17 T20Is.

In the IPL, the fiery bowler has represented the Royals in 2019, picking up five wickets in four matches, and was with the franchise during the 2020 season in the UAE as well.

Earlier on Monday, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had announced Bengal cricketer Akash Deep as the replacement for all-rounder Washington Sundar, who was forced to be ruled out of the remainder of the IPL 2021 season.

The franchise said that Sundar had picked a finger injury in England.

In the recent times, various franchises have signed replacements for players, who will miss out the second leg of the IPL due to international commitments or injuries.

While the Virat kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have signed Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Hasaranga had bagged a total of seven wickets, including a four-wicket haul in the final T20I, in the recently held T20I series against India.

RCB also roped in Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Meanwhile, RR had earlier acquired Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England’s Jofra Archer while South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi has been signed to replace Andrew Tye.

Punjab Kings (PBKS) have roped in Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis for Riley Meredith and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid for Jhye Richardson.

On the other hand, KKR have snapped New Zealand’s Tim Southee, who will replace Australia’s Pat Cummins.

The 14th edition of the cash-rich league will resume with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 19.

The season was earlier forced to be postponed in May this year due to the emergence of Covid-19 cases among the players and support staffs inside the bio-bubble.

The BCCI had later, shifted the remaining part of the season to the UAE.

Star Sports launches resumption campaign for IPL 2021 remainder

Following a brief pause earlier this year, VIVO IPL 2021 returns to enthral viewers and fans with the best cricketing action. Star Sports, India’s leading sports broadcaster, kick-starts the celebrations ahead of the marquee tournament with their new campaign – ‘#AsliPictureAbhiBaakiHai’.

Through the aperture of VIVO IPL, the campaign channelises the anticipation of fans, awaiting to see their favourite teams battle it out for the playoffs and the title.

Speaking about the VIVO IPL 2021 resumption campaign, Sanjog Gupta, Head – Sports, Star and Disney India said: “There is a great deal of anticipation for the resumption of VIVO IPL 2021. Teams and players typically up the ante on the field, play top Cricket and are at their competitive best in the final weeks of VIVO IPL, which means fans can look forward to higher intensity, impossible heroics and nail-biting finishes in the month-long spectacle. And this is the proposition of our campaign – #AsliPictureAbhiBaakiHai. That, like a blockbuster, there are many twists and turns, highs and lows, thrills and spills in store.”

“So, whether you watched the first ‘half’ or not, the second half from September 19 is unmissable. Star & Disney India is also committed to continue delivering the most engaging and immersive broadcast of the tournament across TV & digital platforms. Multiple regional feeds, world class presentation, enhanced viewing experiences and technology innovations will delight millions of viewers,” he added.

A treat for diehard cricket fans, the campaign, conceptualized by the creative team of Star Sports, brings back the true spirit of India’s most loved tournament with its catchy tunes and funky colours.

‘Thala’ MS Dhoni’s jazzy entry, paired with an addictive jingle, sets the mood for ‘Asli Picture Abhi Baaki hai’ and exemplifies the spark and nostalgia that the IPL brings along.

Keeping in mind the nationwide fandom for the tournament, the campaign TVC will be released in multiple languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, and Malayalam. The return of the VIVO IPL has witnessed plenty of excitement from its vociferous fans and this time too, Star Sports promises to bring back the same thrill.

IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals to depart for the UAE on Saturday

The domestic players and the support staffs of the Delhi Capitals will reportedly leave for the UAE on Saturday for the remainder of the IPL 2021.

The domestic players and the supporting staff of the Delhi-based franchise had assembled in the national capital earlier this week and as per reports, each one of them have tested negative for Covid-19.

The players and supports staffs are currently in quarentine in Delhi. However, they all will be required to serve another week in quarantine after landing in the.

On the other hand, the international players of the franchise will join the team in the UAE after completing their respective international commitments.

Meanwhile, star DC batsman and former skipper Shreyas Iyer is already there in the Gulf.

Earlier this week, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had landed in the UAE.

The second leg of the cash-rich league, which was postponed in May due to Covid-19, will resume with a blockbluster clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on September 19.

IPL 2021: CSK, MI depart for UAE

The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday departed for Dubai for the remainder of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19.

CSK shared a picture of Dhoni in which the former India skipper can be seen at the airport.

“Get ready folks!” the franchise tweeted.

After hanging his boots from international cricket on August 15, 2020, Dhoni now only features in the cash-rich league.

Earlier in the day, defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) also departed for UAE.

The Rohit Sharma-led MI will be up against the CSK on September 19 when the second led of the IPL 14 resumeS.

The final game of the league stage will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals on October 8.

IPL 2021: MI vs CSK contest becomes most-watched mid-season match ever

Although the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) got postponed mid-way due to surge in Covid-19 cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble, the matches of the cash-rich league scripted history as its games once again shattered some previous viewership records.

The 27th match of the IPL 2021 between arch-rivals Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) became the most-watched IPL mid-season match ever in BARC history with 11.2 billion minutes of consumption.

Meanwhile, the high-octane clash also became the most-watched match of season 14.

Significantly, the Rohit Sharma-led MI had pulled off a nail-biting win as they defeated the Yellow Brigade by four wickets at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.

Also, the IPL 2021 surpassed the overall reach to 367 million versus 357 million in 2020.

Earlier, Star India network, the officialbroadcaster of the tournament, had announced that it had clocked 323 million total impressions for the opening match of IPL 2021.

Also, the tournament opener between defending champions MI and Royal Challengers Bangalore received a tremendous response as it was bigger than opening matches of all other IPL editions.

Significantly in a major disappointment for cricket fans, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was forced to postpone the 14th edition as there was an upsurge in the positive covid-19 cases among players and support staffs.