Tendulkar launches Belagavi Panthers

Proud Moment: Sachin Tendulkar, KSCA president Srikanta Datta Wadiyar (second from left), AR Nagesh (left) and L Subash Chandra (team owners) unveil the Belagavi Panthers jersey on Saturday. DH photo

“The KPL, an effort of the KSCA, presents an opportunity for young cricketers to get exposure and attention. The Twenty20 format may not be ideal to judge a cricketer but at the same time, this tournament does give a platform to all aspiring cricketers to express themselves. I wish the organisers as well as the Belagavi Panthers the very best,” Tendulkar said during the launch function that started with a classical dance troupe performance.  After unveiling the team logo, consisting of two pouncing panthers, the Mumbaikar was introduced to the Panthers team members and to the families of franchise owners L Subash Chandra (MD, Sangeetha Mobiles) and AR Nagesh (MD, Subhas Enterprises). Tendulkar also introduced the team jersey, a vibrant mix of red, blue and white.

Panthers’ skipper/coach J Arun Kumar could not attend the function, the former India ‘A’ skipper involved in a camp in Mohali in preparation for the BCCI Corporate Trophy beginning on Tuesday. Arun will appear for Air India Blue in the event.

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