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CSK ink deal with Myntra as jersey sponsor for IPL 2021

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Fashion e-commerce giant Myntra on Monday announced its partnership with three-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings. As part of the association, Myntra’s logo will feature in the front of CSK’s jersey during IPL 2021 which is set to start on April 9.

“As part of the collaboration at least three star players will be involved in various promotional activities that are aimed at engaging with a collective audience,” said Myntra in its statement, further stating that it has signed on with CSK as the franchise’s “official fashion partner”.

“As part of this partnership, Myntra will enjoy a significant share of voice with multiple on-ground visibility features such as perimeter boards, LED walls, toss mats, among others during all CSK home games,” it further said.

Myntra was also associated with CSK during the 2020 edition of the tournament which was held entirely in the United Arab Emirates.

“I am glad Myntra has decided to scale up their partnership from last season and CSK is delighted to have the opportunity to access Myntra’s multi-million users in the country. As pioneers in India’s e-commerce play, Myntra makes for a perfect partner for CSK, a franchise whose history is about consistently achieving excellence. We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding association,” said CSK CEO K.S. Viswanathan.

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Ravi Shastri gives ‘fielding classes’ to Southampton curator’s dog

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As India prepare to take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at Ageas Bowl here from Friday, head coach Ravi Shastri took time off after the team’s practice session on Tuesday to play with curator Simon Lee’s pooch, Winston, a Cocker Spaniel.

“Our buddy Winston earns himself a tennis ball after #TeamIndia’s practice session #WTCfinal,” Shastri wrote along with a video shared on his twitter handle.

Even as India skipper Virat Kohli is seen walking away with his kit bag, bidding goodbye to Shastri, despite watching players leaving the ground, is happy giving the dog some ‘fielding practice’.

With a tennis racquet in hand, Shastri lobs the tennis ball in different directions of the lush green Ageas Bowl outfield, with Winston frenetically running after it, obediently bringing it back each time.

Shastri’s love for dogs has been widely highlighted. The former India skipper has occasionally shares pictures of his pets, including Labradors and Golden Retrievers, on social media, like he did during the Covid-19 enforced lockdown last year.

In May 2020, Shastri had posted pictures of him surrounded by five dogs during lockdown, which went viral.

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SL bound Indian cricketers go into quarantine in Mumbai

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The Indian squad for next month’s six-match white-ball tour of Sri Lanka arrived here on Tuesday and went into a two-week quarantine.

The players will be tested regularly before departing for Colombo on June 28. Shikhar Dhawan has been appointed captain pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is vice-captain of the 20-member squad. Five net bowlers have also been picked to tour.

“#TeamIndia’s limited-overs squad for the Sri Lanka series has assembled in Mumbai [ok hand emoji]. Good to see some new and happy faces in the squad [lightly smiling face emoji],” tweeted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with pictures of several cricketers who have arrived.

Among those whose pictures were uploaded by the BCCI included Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar, the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal – and Nitish Rana.

The BCCI’s senior selection committee had on June 10 picked the squad for three ODIs and three T20I series, to be played between July 13 and 25.

The head coach for the tour, Rahul Dravid, too will quarantine in Mumbai until the departure of the squad.

The squad will reach Colombo on June 28 where it will undergo another three days of mandatory quarantine in their team hotel before being allowed to start training in a “controlled fashion as per the guidelines laid out by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)”.

Last week, the SLC had stated in a press release that the squad would train in smaller groups between July 2 and 4. “Between July 6 and 12, the entire squad will be free to train before the ODI series, which begins from July 13.”

All the matches will be played under floodlights at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

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Former AIFF vice-president CR Viswanathan passes away

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Former All India Football Federation (AIFF) vice-president CR Viswanathan passed away in Chennai on Tuesday. He was 85.

Apart from being the AIFF vice-president (2004-08), Viswanathan was also a member of the AIFF executive committee from 2008 to 2012, and chairman of the AIFF technical committee (2009-2012).

Viswanathan was also the president of the Tamil Nadu Football Association and the Coimbatore District Football Association and played a role in the hosting of the 1993 Nehru Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai.

“CR Viswanathan will be remembered for his contribution to Indian football, and sports,” AIFF president Praful Patel said in his condolence message.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das, said: “On behalf of the Indian football fraternity, we offer our condolences to the bereaved family. Viswanathan was a versatile administrator who served not just Indian football in different capacities, but also worked towards the overall development of Indian sports.”

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