Hubballi, Sep 17: Brijesh Patel, former Test cricketer, current secretary of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) on Friday evening (September 16) officially launched the trophy for the 5th edition of Karnataka Premier League (KPL) Twenty20 tournament, which starts today (September 17).
The majestic trophy, weighing 3.5 kgs and standing 20 inches tall, was designed by brothers Dinesh Kumar and Satish Kumar of Idesign.
Created to honour the Late Srikantadatta Narashimharaja Wadiyar, the Trophy has a graphic image of the Late Maharaja and features two striking, intricately-designed pillars on either side.
The central pillar's designs have been adapted from the Royal Mysore Palace. These visual features, along with a cricket ball placed on top of the trophy, suggest the true "Spirit of the Game".
Brijesh Patel said the call to shift the first phase of KPL from Mysuru to Hubballi was taken on September 12 and praised the efforts of the Hubballi Zone administrators Baba Bhushad and Veeranna for working non-stop at making it happen. He called on the team and officials to make every effort to play the game in the right spirit.
He added that a tremendous amount of work had gone in shifting tons of equipment in the last minute from Mysuru to Hubballi and thanked the franchisees for promptly agreeing to his request for the change from Mysuru owing to the Cauvery riots.
The trophy and team jersey launch function was well attended by KSCA administrators, cricketers, franchise owners, their teams and members of the media, along with invitees of the twin cities of Hubballi and Dharwad.
Patel in his address said there was a lot of talent in Karnataka which the KPL was at the forefront of unearthing and promoting young aspiring cricketers.
Along with the Trophy launch, the eight teams also launched their jerseys for the tournament with a fashion show that saw the cricketers walking the ramp. The fashion show drew rich applause from a packed audience.
All matches of KPL 2016 will be telecast live on Sony ESPN SD and Sony ESPN HD Channels.
The tickets will be available at the Rajnagar Stadium in Hubballi and online on Book My Show at https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/karnataka-premier-league