The IPL is almost here, with the first game scheduled for 7th April 2018. The teams have been getting ready, as has the BCCI. The BCCI has announced its Official Partner for the 2018 Indian Premier League as the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians prepare for the opening match.
BCCI Announces Official Partner for IPL
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced that the Official Partner for the VIVO IPL. For the next three years the Future Group, which first partnered with IPL 2017, will continue its association with the league.
The IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla, noted that the IPL is “delighted to have Future Group back as the Official Partner of the IPL.”
Future Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Kishore Biyani also commented. He said: “In a country like ours, cricket holds the power of bringing the entire country together. The IPL, being the grandest cricket carnival today, connects with thousands of fans who are glued to their TV screens during the IPL season. This is a great opportunity for us to connect and engage with our consumers too. We look forward to having a good run with the IPL family, following a successful year with them as their official partner.”
First Match: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
The Mumbai Indians have Rohit Sharma as their skipper, with a number of good players including the all-rounder Hardik Pandya. The team has been having fun on Twitter, releasing cartoon drawings of the entire team, and trolling each other. We can expect some quality playing from the Mumbai Indians both on and off the field.
Meanwhile, the Chennai Super Kings are happy to have Murali Vijay back with the team. Vijay was unable to play in last year’s IPL following shoulder and wrist injuries. He has had time to recover, and recently played in the Tests against South Africa. He also played in some Vijay Hazare Trophy matches for his state.
Vijay commented: “It is a dream come true moment for me to be back with the CSK… The one good thing about playing for CSK is that we always put the team ahead of individual performances.”