Mobile Premier League (MPL) replaces Nike as the kit sponsor of the Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team. MPL has bagged a three-year contract worth Rs 120 crores. According to the Outlook report, BCCI will also get a revenue share. Also Read - Ajinkya Rahane's Inspirational Speech After Historic Series Win Over Australia Goes Viral, Says It's a Massive, Massive Moment For us | WATCH VIDEO
Sources said it was a “negotiated” deal and there was no bidding. Dream11 Sports, Puma, and Proline were the interested parties. Also Read - IND vs AUS 2021: Bharat Arun Reveals Team India's Success Mantra Against Australia, Credits Neil Wagner For Inspiring Them to Bowl Short
“MPL is focused on bringing the best gaming experience to its fans online through our app and we are extending that to the offline space through our exclusive range of merchandise including apparel and accessories,” said a top source to Outlook India.
What is MPL?
Mobile Premier League is a mobile e-Sports platform based in India. It is operated by Bangalore-based Galactus Funware Technology Pvt. Ltd. Users can compete in multiple skill based mobile gaming tournaments on MPL. It was launched in September 2018 and as of April 2019, it claims a user base of more than 25 million.
The Kohli-led India team will leave for Australia after the Indian Premier League. In Australia, India will play four Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.
The Indian cricket squad that will tour Australia was announced last week by the BCCI and Rohit Sharma was not named in the announcement. Rohit’s absence due to a hamstring injury raised eyebrows as the Mumbai Indians skipper was spotted batting in the nets minutes after BCCI released the squad.
Team India T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy Also Read - Team India Coach Ravi Shastri Calls Mohammed Siraj Find of The Tour, Lauds Pacer For Fighting Personal Loss And Racist Attacks in Australia
Team India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur
Team India Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj