Actor Mithun Chakraborty has stepped in to give some star power to Indian Cricket League’s (ICL) Kolkata Tigers team. Chakraborty would be holding a stake in the team and would be instrumental in its endorsement and promotion.
Speaking on the association, Chakraborty said, “I’ve always maintained that sports in West Bengal needs a bigger and better platform to promote its sportspersons. Keeping the millions of Bengalis in mind, I have associated with ICL to promote Kolkata Tigers. I would want to see more domestic players becoming national icons from my City of Joy.”
Kapil Dev, Chairman, Executive Board, ICL, remarked, “It is heartening to see a living legend of Indian cinema promote sports. There is a lot of similarity in our vision and passion for sport. Mithunda’s association with ICL would greatly help in promoting the young domestic players from the East. His support is going to help us display the best cricketing talent from the Eastern Zone.”
ICL’s Edelweiss 20s Challenge is currently being held in three locations – Hyderabad, Chandigarh (Panchkula) and Gurgaon. The tournament, which commenced from March 9, would continue till April 7, 2008. Two new teams – Ahmedabad Rockets and Lahore Badshahs – have also been added to the existing six teams, making the tournament more comprehensive and competitive.
It would be interesting to see how Bengal’s loyalties would be divided between Mithunda’s ICL Kolkata Tigers and Shahrukh Khan’s IPL Kolkata Knight Riders.