Rambals take over WACA Warriors, sign jersey deal with ESPN Star

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New Delhi, Nov 25 (UNI) After the news of its association with the IPL's Deccan Chargers surfaced, the Ramabal family is promoting its team 'Rambal Warriors' in the best possible manner and has entered into a partnership with ESPN Star Sports for the sponsorship of the jersey of its team for the Champions League Western Australia's WACA Warriors, which will now be known as Rambal Warriors, has some popular faces in the team who would look to stamp its authority against the best domestic teams of the world in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament which gets underway from December 3.

Rambal family owns the North West Chemicals and Fertilizers Pty Ltd in Perth, Western Australia and it's manging director Vikas Rambal said, ''We are pleased to announce the deal and it is the first time in India that an industrial group from Australia has put its stake in team for such a tournament.'' Not long back, a news surfaced that the Rambal family could possibly take over the Deccan Chargers which is one of the teams in the IPL.

However, Mr Rambal did not deny the news but even refused to accept it. ''I can't say anything about it because my advisors are keeping a track of all these.

''It could be some other team as well. I am not directly in contact with them (Deccan Chargers) but my advisors are doing it for me,'' he said.

Mr Rambal, however, gave clear indication that he could own one of the teams of Twenty20 tournament that Australia is planning to begin on the lines of the IPL.

''There's a southern Hemisphere tournament coming up and I can't reveal much about it but definitely you would see me there,'' he said.

Rambal Warriors have a strong 15-man squad which includes players like Shaun Marsh, Luke Ronchi and Luke Pomersbach.

Mr Rambal believes that his team is ready for the challenge and said Michael Hussey's absence would hardly make a difference to his team.

Hussey, who represented WACA Warriors in Australia's domestic Twenty20 tournament, opted to play for the Chennai Super Kings over his state team.

''Hussey's exit would hardly make a difference as we have even better players than who could not have played had he opted to play for us.

''Players like Marsh, Ronchi and Pomersbach have already proved their worth and I strongly feel that they can do wonders for the team,'' he stated.

Mr Ranmbal said he would support his own team in the Champions League, but when it comes down to matches between India and Australia, he always support India.

''I will always support India over Australia. Indian is by heart and not by team. Even Hussey left his state team for Chennai Super Kings,'' he shot back.

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