New Delhi, Mar 23: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli, who was supposed to feature with Bollywood actress and goibibo.com brand ambassador Deepika Padukone in their IPL activation creatives, has cost his franchise a whopping Rs 11 crore for denying a deal with the booking application. Also Read - We Are Hopeful And Optimistic of IPL Happening This Year: KXIP Head Coach Anil Kumble
However, reports suggest that Kohli has got nothing to do with that. “There is no such thing. We have got a better offer. So we have decided to go with that,” the source said. Also Read - Wicketkeepers Need to be Given More Consistent Run in Indian Cricket Team: Parthiv Patel
Earlier, Goibibo.com as part of the deal had asked for brand activation with RCB captain Virat Kohli. The team India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain had no issues to fulfil his contractual duties. Also Read - I Would Have Loved to Play Against Virat Kohli, Right Guy to Lead Indian Cricket Forward: Ian Botham
However, an undisclosed part of the contract was not acceptable to India’s biggest brand icon. (Also Read: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s New Rented House Costs A Whopping Rs 15 lakh a Month)
Reports also suggest that, the IPL franchises are bound by commercial obligations to provide their team players for sponsor brands’ marketing initiatives and activation plans.
The players too have contractual obligations to make themselves available for brand promotions for a specific period.
However, players obligations are limited in nature and governed by various clauses in their favour.