Mangaluru: The team jersey and theme song of Bajpe Jaguars – one of the 12 teams participating in the upcoming Mangalore Premier League, Mangaluru’s version of the popular T20 style cricket sensationalised by IPL – were released at City Centre Mall, here on December 7.
The programme was inaugurated by corporator Pratibha Kulai by lighting the lamp along with the other dignitaries on the dais.
Wishing the team success for the upcoming matches, Pratibha said, “Mangaloreans have contributed in every field. We are very proud to be Mangaloreans because we are good in everything. The team will surely make a mark in the history of cricket and Mangalore.”
On behalf of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, convenor Manohar Amin, one of the first persons to start organised cricket in Mangaluru, said that it was a great honour to be part of this programme. “We had the Mangalore Premier League four years back. But unfortunately, we could not have it in the next three. When Imtiaz and Siraj came forward to take the responsibility of organising this league and we went to the KSCA for its approval, they were very happy that MPL was back.” He congratulated the duo for their efforts to revive the Mangalore Premier League and requested everyone gathered to take part and support the tournament to make it successful.
Expressing her best wishes to the team Shobhna Amin said, “For Mangaloreans to dream and have such a big scene of cricket here is wonderful. The organisers, Imtiaz and Siraj, and team owners have worked very hard to make this game look good on all the matches.”
Congratulating Bajpe Jaguars team owner Sharat, Violet Pereira, proprietor and editor-in-chief of Mangalorean.com said, “Sharat has recognised your potential and has chosen you in his team. Practice well and aim for the trophy.” She wished the team members success for future matches.”
The team jersey and theme song of Bajpe Jaguars were released on the occasion. Pratibha’s birthday was also celebrated. A troupe from MEDA danced effortlessly to the tunes of various songs and the newly released Bajpe Jaguars’ theme song too.
The Mangalore Premier League will be inaugurated on December 13, at 4 pm at NMPT Grounds. The first match is scheduled to begin on the same day at 6.30 pm. Tickets for the first match will be free and everyone is invited to be a part of this tournament.
MPL Organizers Imtiaz and Siraj, Team Owner of Bajpe Jaguars Sharat, Deepak, Budding Tulu film star Sanam and others were also present. RJ Anurag compered the programme.