New Delhi, November 2
Fantasy gaming platform Mobile Premier League’s subsidiary arm ‘MPL Sports Apparel and Accessories’ is the new kit sponsor of the Indian cricket team for a period of three years.
A member of the Apex Council confirmed on Monday that the BCCI had inked the apparel and merchandise deal with MPL, replacing Nike.
“Yes, Apex Council has passed the sponsorship deal for apparel of Indian team (men, women, A and U-19).
“However, the rate will be Rs 65 lakh per game instead of Rs 88 lakh that Nike was giving,” the senior official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
It is learnt that BCCI will also get 10 per cent of the royalty from the sale of merchandise.
“MPL has formed an apparel manufacturing company. They will also pay an amount for merchandise contract. The deal will end in November 2023,” the source added.
While Puma and Adidas had earlier picked up the bid papers for apparel sponsorship, they didn’t fill the bid as they felt that the deal needed to be reduced to one third from the original bid.
Nike had a five year deal during which they paid Rs 370 crore from 2016 to 2020 with a 30 crore royalty.
“No sporting apparel major was ready to pay that kind of money that Nike paid in current economic climate (due to COVID-19).
“One of the major reasons being merchandise items being very costly for common public,” said the source.
MPL is currently associated with two IPL franchises (KKR and RCB), one CPL franchise (TKR) and the cricket boards of Ireland and the UAE. PTI