Bangalore, Aug. 30 (ANI): Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday launched the logo and the colours of the Belgavi Panthers Team, which will take part in the upcoming and fledging Karnataka Premier League (KPL).
The owners of the Belagavi Panthers team representing Karnataka's Belgaum city capitalised on the presence of Tendulkar in Bangalore, who is presently undergoing the four-days long fitness regime of the Indian team prior to Sri Lanka tour.
Belgavi Panthers is the name given to Belgaum Franchise and will be led by J Arun Kumar, the former Karnataka Ranji team captain, in the first season.
"I want to wish Belgavi Panthers all the very best for the current season and enjoy the game. I know the captain J Arun Kumar who is going to invite a lot of lot of energy in the team. And I just want to wish Belgavi Panthers all the luck and make the most of this. So all the very best," Tendulkar said.
He pointed out that the 20-20 tournaments are a boon for the game since economic security is assured to the players.
"In between there was a phase because of recession and also before that where the cricketers were not getting employment they were always hired on contract basis. So there were no permanent jobs and no form of security as such.
"With the introduction of the tournament (20-20 league) there are sort of recruitment as permanent jobs. So the credit goes to BCCI. For this particular tournament, Mr. Wadia is here with us. I think it's a fantastic thing to do for the youngsters and the cricketers in Karnataka," he added.
KPL tournament has been designed on the format of Indian Premier League (IPL) and many star cricketers like Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey will play for different teams in the tournament beginning from the second week of September. (ANI)