New Delhi: The field is set and the kings of the IPL are ready to take on their opponents. Kings XI Punjab kick started their campaign today, marking the beginning of IPL Season 5, at PCA Stadium, Mohali. The event witnessed the presence of Adam Gilchrist, captain-coach, Joseph Henry Dawes, bowling coach, Mike Young, Fielding coach and Col Arvinder Singh, COO, Kings XI Punjab.
Commenting on the occasion, Col Arvinder Singh, COO, Kings XI Punjab, said, “Our team is a perfect mix of talented and budding cricketers and with Adam Gilchrist leading and mentoring the squad this year as Coach - Captain, we are confident of exemplary cricketing action on ground this season. All the players in the team have the potential of becoming game changers. The spirit and zeal of the team will ensure that they go a long way in this season.”
Talking about the sponsors, he said: “We are delighted to introduce some of the most prestigious brands as our partners for the upcoming season of IPL. We welcome Videocon d2h as our Title partner along with U.S. Polo Assn., ACC Ltd. McDowell’s No.1, Kingfisher, Valvoline Cummins and Prayag who have joined us as our official team partners. In addition to this, we have associated with Lux Cozi as official comfort partner, Godrej EON as official green appliance partner, OCM as our official suiting partner and Miroma as Licensing & Merchandising partners. Also on-board are Max Healthcare as official medical partner and Coca-Cola as official beverage partner. We and our partners share similar synergies and look forward to a mutually beneficial season and long term association with them."
All the marketing campaigns of the franchise have been instituted with the intent of keeping the fans involved in the team’s activities. The Kings XI Punjab Cup, initiative undertaken in association with Institute of Fashion Technology of Punjab University, the alliance with Indraprastha All India Sports Foundation to launch the one of a kind reality show, ‘Cricket Champs’, the social media campaign – ‘Mein Ha Sher’ and many more are examples in point.
Commenting on his new role, Adam Gilchrist, Captain-Coach, Kings XI Punjab, said: “I am excited about my new responsibility of being the coach. However, I feel it won’t be an additional responsibility for me as I have always been involved in all the team activities. Also, the coaching staff of Kings XI Punjab is phenomenal and with their support, we are hopeful of having a good season.”
”I am delighted to be a part of Kings XI Punjab as it is a young and enthusiastic team with some of the best players on its side. I am very confident about team’s performance in IPL Season 5 and am looking forward to a great season of cricketing tournament” said, Joseph Henry Dawes, Bowling Coach, Kings XI Punjab.