Mumbai 09 th March 2018: T20 Mumbai League was announced with much fanfare earlier this month, with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar as the brand ambassador. An initiative by Probability Sports and Mumbai Cricket Association, the tournament will be held from March 11th – 21st, 2018 in Mumbai. With Novotel (Accor Group) as the lead sponsor and Motilal Oswal as the associate sponsor, the North Mumbai Panthers will be led by India’s ace national player
The T20 Mumbai League offers a great platform for experienced and new players alike to share the dressing room and playing field. North Mumbai Panthers includes an interesting mix of these players. Apart from star player and captain Ajinkya Rahane, the team will see exciting emerging talents such as Captain of the World-Cup winning U19 team Prithvi Shaw, Mumbai’s ‘Bahubali’ sensation Sumeet Dhekale, Mumbai’s U19 squad member Yashasvi Jaiswaland Mumbai Ranji player Shivam Malhotra. It’s a well-rounded team, with heavy-duty batting and an attacking bowling attack, coupled with sprightly fielding. The team has veteran cricketer Sandip Patil as Mentor, with Sulakshan Kulkarni as Coach and Vinayak Mane as Assistant Coach.
Said Team Co-owners Rajdip and Sandip Gupta, “All national and global icons began as local heroes. And with the T20 Mumbai League, we are looking at finding some truly spectacular local cricket heroes in Mumbai. We are thrilled to have Ajinkya Rahane as our captain. He is definitely one of the calmest and sharpest cricketing brains in the country. Prithvi Shaw has already established his mettle as a batting powerhouse, a leader who delivers and a player with a bright future in Indian cricket. Sumeet, Yashasvi, Shivam and other gifted North Mumbai Panthers players come together to make us a solid unit. The tournament is very well organised and the fans are going to be in for a very pleasant surprise to see the amount of local cricketing talent that will be on display. We look forward to an exciting tournament and no matter who wins, men’s cricket will gain some new heroes!”
Added Madhu Joshi, Director of Marketing – India, Accor Hotels, “Novotel is proud to be the principal sponsors of North Mumbai Panthers. It’s an extremely well balanced team comprising of young and emerging players. The Mumbai T20 League is a super initiative to create a pool of Mumbai’s brightest cricketing talents that have potential to make it to the national team someday. Given the popularity of cricket in India, and especially Mumbai where it is woven in the cultural fabric, the League promises the prospect of a smashing debut, building into an enviable league in the near future. We are very enthused for the commencement of the first edition and wishing every team the very best.
Cricket is the most widely watched sport in India, and the IPL has TRP in excess of 3.1. The T20 Mumbai League expects to capitalise on the craze and talent by creating a T20 league that is exclusively for the people of the city. Its expected success is sure to greatly impact the IPL auctions too, with more Mumbai players getting on the radar of all the teams. Ajinkya Rahane, who has a highest T20 score of 103*, is a class player in the short format, averaging a strike rate of 118. The North Mumbai Panthers will begin their bid for the maiden T20 Mumbai League trophy with a match against ARCS Andheri on 11 th March 2018 at 3:30pm.
About North Mumbai Panthers:
North Mumbai Panthers is a team in the T20 Mumbai Premier Cricket League representing Mumbai North. True to the characteristics of a Big Cat, the Mumbai Panthers team is ferocious and courageous; tackling opponents with skill and finesse. The team and the management believes that they belong to their followers and the boys taking the field on their own i.e #AapliMuleAapliTeam