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Hunter by SOM Distilleries and Breweries Ltd Named Title Sponsor of Madhya Pradesh League (MPL)

SOM Distilleries and Breweries Ltd is thrilled to announce that Hunter, its iconic brand known for embodying youthful spirit and an unyielding thirst for victory, will be the title sponsor of the inaugural Madhya Pradesh League (MPL), a franchise-based professional T20 cricket league. The MPL, organized by the Gwalior Division Cricket Association (GDCA) under the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), promises to be a ground-breaking event in the cricketing calendar, celebrating vibrant energy and competitive excellence.

The league’s inaugural edition, running from 15th June to 23rd June 2024, will feature top players from the state, including IPL and international cricket stars. Drawing inspiration from the Indian Premier League (IPL), the MPL offers world-class production quality and broadcasting, delivering an electrifying “cricketainment” experience for local fans. This grand event is set to uncover new talent from the state, empowering regional cricket players by enhancing their confidence, game, and skill. It also seeks to provide substantial financial opportunities and a broad scope for growth for these athletes.

Anand Agrawal, Chief Marketing Officer of SOM Distilleries & Breweries Ltd, the makers of the very popular brand Hunter, shared his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to be the title sponsor of the Madhya Pradesh League. This collaboration perfectly aligns with Hunter’s core values of youthful spirit and it’s unparalleled thirst for victory. Our commitment to empowering regional cricket players and creating unforgettable experiences for local fans resonates with Hunter’s mission of fostering talent and community vibrancy.”

Hunter, synonymous with boldness and innovation, is a natural fit as the title sponsor for the MPL. The brand has always stood for the vibrancy and aspirations of today’s youth, making this association a perfect blend of cricket and youthful energy. The MPL aims to build a strong emotional connection with the audience, fostering a sense of community and support, which is at the heart of Hunter’s brand ethos.

Ravi Patankar, CEO of MPL added, “As MPL embarks on an exciting season, we are thrilled to welcome Hunter as our Title Sponsor. Their unwavering support reflects their commitment to excellence and their dedication to delivering top-notch experiences to customers. We look forward to a successful season together, representing the spirit of cricket and youthfulness.”

The inaugural edition, held at the Gwalior International Cricket Stadium, will feature five teams: Rewa Jaguars, Jabalpur Lions, Gwalior Cheetahs, Malwa Panthers, and Bhopal Leopards. Prominent players such as Kulwant Khejroliya, Avesh Khan, Venkatesh Iyer, Rajat Patidar, and Kumar Kartikeya will grace the tournament. The league promises 10 days of high-octane cricket in a round-robin format and will be telecasted on Jio Cinema Digital and Sports Network 18 on TV. 

The inauguration of the tournament was graced by Mohan Yadav, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, along with Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Mr. JK Shah, and cricket legend Kapil Dev, among other dignitaries.

Hunter’s association with the MPL not only signifies a sponsorship but a celebration of youthful spirit, community, and the unyielding passion for cricket. This partnership aims to inspire and resonate with the youth, empowering them to pursue their dreams with confidence and vigor.