The Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) has, for the first time, created a platform where film fraternities of the South & Bollywood will battle each other to be up on each other through cricket. The matches that will be played are unlike the plenty of cricket matches that have a combination of both cricketers as well as film actors; the CCL teams comprise male members from Mumbai, Tamil, Telugu & the Kannada filmdoms.
The teams are Mumbai Heroes with Salman Khan as captain, & Suneil Shetty as vice captian from Bollywood; Tamil Rhinos with Surya as captain & Abbas as vice captain from kollywood; Telugu Warriors with Venkatesh as captain & Vishnu as vice captain from Andhra Pradesh; & the Karnataka Bulldozers with Sudeep as captain & Dhruv as vice captain from Sandalwood.
The owners of the teams are: Mumbai Heroes Sohail Khan; Chennai Rhinos AMR Construction, GVR Infrastructure & the Prayusha Group with Bharati Cements as team sponsors.
Telugu Warriors the Manjeera Group through Vishnu Manchu; Karnataka Bulldozers AKK Entertainment Limited through Ashok Kheny, the managing director of the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise Ltd (NICE);One of the ambassadors of the CCL is Shreya Sharan.
The opening ceremony in Bangalore will see about 1200 folk artists performing live with the main act by Sonu Niigaam along with the main leads of the Kannada film Prasad with Arjun Sarja & Madhuri Bhattacharya as hosts. Bhattacharya, along with Sandalwood actor Ambareesh, is the ambassador of the Karnataka team.
Informs CCL director Vishnu Induri, We have bought airtime for airing the matches live from Sahara nationally for Hindi & English broadcast, from Star's Vijay TV for Tamil broadcast, from Maa TV for the Telugu broadcast & from Star's Suvarna TV for Kannada broadcast. The IPR remains with us. Depending on future circumstances, they may sell broadcast rights to a channel.
For the next season, the organisers of CCL plan to add more teams to the tourney from the Malayalam & the Bengali film industry.
The schedule of the three match tourney is:
June three in Bangalore 3pm: Chennai Rhinos vs Telugu Warriors & at 7pm: Karnataka Bulldozers vs Mumbai Heroes
June three in Chennai 1pm: Karnataka Bulldozers vs Chennai Rhinos: & at 5pm: Telugu Warriors vs Mumbai Heroes
June 11 in Vizag 3pm: Karnataka Bulldozers vs Telugu Warriors: & at 7pm: Chennai Rhinos vs Mumbai Heroes
June 12 in Hyderabad three pm: Finals.
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