Thursday, July 25, 2013

Akkineni Nagarjuna Vankina Chamundeswaranath buy Mumbai franchise of IBL

HYDERABAD: There will be a dash of glamour and celebrity presence in the Indian Badminton League. The consortium of Sunil Gavaskar, Tollywood actor Akkineni Nagarjuna and former manager of the Indian cricket team Vankina Chamundeswaranath (better known as Chamundi) have bagged the Mumbai Masters, the last of the six teams yet to be announced.

TOI had reported on January 29 that an Indian cricketer was interested in buying an IBL team. The deal was finalized on Wednesday. Gavaskar will also be the brand ambassador of the team.
Confirming this, Chamundi said both Gavaskar and Nagarjuna are excited to become the owners of a badminton team. "We have been planning this for a while. We are excited to be finally part of this league. Gavaskar and Nagarjuna are big fans of badminton and Sunny loves to play the game. We are all looking forward to have a fantastic tournament next month," Chamundi told TOI.
Chamundi, who is also the first sponsor of Saina Nehwal, said the owners are keen on getting India's top player in their team. "The auction is just a couple of days away and we would like to have our best player in the team. With not much of cricket action next month I am confident Gavaskar would take keen interest in the tournament. Moreover, the presence of Nagarjuna will make our team popular even in South India," Chamundi, former captain of the Andhra Ranji team, said.
Incidentally, Nagarjuna is also the co-owner of the Mahi Racing team along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Note: Prasad V Potluri of PVP Group owns Hyderabad Hotshots 
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