Mahindra Group title sponsor for 2012 Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL)
There will be a total of 24 games in the Mahindra Sri Lanka Premier League. Each of the teams will have a total of 18 players. The seven team Sri Lanka Premier League will feature a round robin stage where each of the teams will play with each other once. Top four teams will go on to the semi finals and all games will be played at Colombo and Pallekele. 56 players in all have been signed up but some of them will only play if other overseas players are unavailable.
M&M has an association with other sports such as Celtic football club, Canadian NASCAR and Moto GP. They are particularly enthusiastic about the upcoming games and being credited as title sponsors as Sri Lanka is a strategic market for Mahindras where demand is on the rise specially for the recently launched XUV500.
News Release: Mahindra bags Title Sponsorship rights of Sri Lanka Premier League
Mahindra Sri Lanka Premier League to kick off on August 11, 2012
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), India’s leading SUV manufacturer has partnered with the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), a cricket league, as their Title Sponsors.
The prestigious League kicks off from August 11 and will be played over three weeks at two venues – Colombo and Kandy. The inaugural edition of this League will feature seven provincial teams in a round-robin league format, with the winners having the distinction of playing in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) as one of the teams in the qualifiers.
Upali Dharmadasa, President of Sri Lanka Cricket said: “Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is proud and honoured to have on board, one of India’s leading business houses as the Title Sponsor of the Sri Lanka Premier League which shall now be referred to as the Mahindra Sri Lanka Premier League (or the “Mahindra SLPL”).
“Since the Mahindra brand is also a household name in Sri Lanka, we believe it is the perfect platform to take the message of the Sri Lanka Premier League, which is “Gama Rata Lokeya, Eka Karana” or “Province, Country, World, Becomes One” to the world,” he added.
S.P. Shukla, President- Group Strategy and Chief Brand Officer, Mahindra Group said: “Sri Lanka is a strategic market for the Mahindra Group which is already an established name in the country and what better medium than cricket to connect and engage with audiences as it is the most followed sport in the sub continent with a fan base of approximately 1.5 billion fans across India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh alone.”
“We are thrilled to be associated with the Sri Lanka Premier League. With the leading lights of world cricket in the fray, we are positive that this League will be a huge success.” said Chief Executive – International Operations (Automobile and Farm Sectors), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Ruzbeh Irani. “Mahindra has been actively associated with various sporting events and partnering SLPL endorses Mahindra’s commitment to promote a sporting and active lifestyle,” he added.
Sports has always been an integral part of the Mahindra culture. The Group’s association with the Celtic football club, Canadian NASCAR, Moto GP and now the Sri Lanka Premier League underscores its continued commitment to promote sports not only at the grassroots level but also across a global platform. Mahindra looks forward to an enduring partnership with the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.
Twenty20 fans across the globe are set for a treat with the likes of dazzling West Indian batsman, Chris Gayle and swashbuckling Pakistani all-rounder, Shahid Afridi headlining a list of several overseas stars who will feature in the League which will conclude on August 31. Pakistani off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal, Australians Brad Hodge and Dirk Nannes. Tamim Iqbal from Bangladesh and West Indies batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Jacob Oram and Scott Styris from New Zealand are some of the other major international players who will star in the inaugural edition which will also see Sri Lanka’s very own big guns like Muttiah Muralitharan, Mahela Jayawardena, and Lasith Malinga in action.
There will be 24 games in the Mahindra Sri Lanka Premier League and each team will be allowed a maximum of 18 players. Teams will be allowed to field a maximum of four foreign players per game with the remaining being local players. The Man of the Match in all 24 matches will receive the title of “Mahindra Man of the Match” while the ‘Man of the Tournament’ will win himself an XUV500.
2012 Sri Lanka Premier League tournament schedule
Match No Date Team Team Time Venue
1 Saturday, August 11, 2012 Basnahira Kandurata 16.00 Premadasa
2 Saturday, August 11, 2012 Nagenahira Ruhuna 20.00 Premadasa
3 Sunday, August 12, 2012 Uthura Wayamba 16.00 Premadasa
4 Sunday, August 12, 2012 Uva Basnahira 20.00 Premadasa
5 Monday, August 13, 2012 Kandurata Nagenahira 20.00 Premadasa
6 Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Ruhuna Uthura 20.00 Premadasa
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 — REST DAY —
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 — REST DAY —
7 Friday, August 17, 2012 Wayamba Uva 20.00 Pallekele
8 Saturday, August 18, 2012 Basnahira Nagenahira 16.00 Pallekele
9 Saturday, August 18, 2012 Kandurata Ruhuna 20.00 Pallekele
10 Sunday, August 19, 2012 Uthura Uva 16.00 Pallekele
11 Sunday, August 19, 2012 Wayamba Basnahira 20.00 Pallekele
12 Monday, August 20, 2012 Kandurata Uthura 16.00 Pallekele
13 Monday, August 20, 2012 Nagenahira Wayamba 20.00 Pallekele
14 Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Ruhuna Uva 16.00 Pallekele
15 Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Uthura Basnahira 20.00 Pallekele
- Wednesday, August 22, 2012 — REST DAY —
- Thursday, August 23, 2012 — REST DAY —
16 Friday, August 24, 2012 Wayamba Kandurata 16.00 Premadasa
17 Friday, August 24, 2012 Uva Nagenahira 20.00 Premadasa
18 Saturday, August 25, 2012 Basnahira Ruhuna 16.00 Premadasa
19 Saturday, August 25, 2012 Kandurata Uva 20.00 Premadasa
20 Sunday, August 26, 2012 Nagenahira Uthura 16.00 Premadasa
21 Sunday, August 26, 2012 Ruhuna Wayamba 20.00 Premadasa
- Monday, August 27, 2012 — REST DAY —
22 Tuesday, August 28, 2012 SEMI FINAL 1 20.00 Premadasa
23 Wednesday, August 29, 2012 SEMI FINAL 2 20.00 Premadasa
- Thursday, August 30, 2012 — REST DAY —
24 Friday, August 31, 2012 FINALS 20.00 Premadasa