After a sensational ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and the ongoing IPL 2011, there is still going to be more cricket this year. However, the game will be played by celebrities this time. Glamour and sports came together on Wednesday evening at Taj Coromandel. For the first time in the country, film fraternities of the South — Tamil, Telugu, Kannada — and also Bollywood will play in the T-20 format of Celebrity Cricket League.
The initiative aims to raise awareness on piracy and ways to combat it. As per last year’s statistics, the Indian entertainment industry lost over Rs 4,000 crore and 6,00,000 jobs due to piracy. At the event, actors from the Chennai team walked the ramp and unveiled the logo of the team – Chennai Rhinos, led by actor Suriya.
The theme song of CCL was also played during the occasion. The event was followed by fashion show choreographed by Ganesh Gurung. Models wearing masks of actors sashayed down the ramp and also danced to the super hit songs of Rajnikanth, Kamal Haasan and Suriya.
Beginning June 4, at Bengaluru, the first edition of the CCL will have four teams playing six league matches and the finals will be held in Hyderabad on June 12.
In Chennai, the matches will be held on June 5 – Telugu vs Hindi (3pm) and Kannada vs Tamil (7pm).
R Sarath Kumar, President, South Indian Film Artistes’s Association, R Radha Ravi, General Secretary, Vagai Chandrasekar, Treasurer, have actively invovled in this league. Tamil team comprises of R Sarath Kumar, Vishal, Jithan Ramesh, Vikranth, Arya, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, Bharath, Ramana, Jayam Ravi, Viishnu, Abbas, Karthik Kumar, Madhavan, Mirchi Shiva and Shaam.
Also present at the occasion were Ganga Prasad, MD of GVR Infra and Raja Rao, Chairman Prathyusha Group who are the owners of the Tamil Franchisee. CCL Directors Radikaa Sarath Kumar, Srinivasulu Moorthy, Tirumal Reddy and Vishnu Induri were also part of the event. However, Madhavan, Arya and Vishal could not preside over the event owing to their respective shooting schedules. Bollywood team, Mumbai Heroes, is led by Suniel Shetty with Salman Khan as its icon player.
Telugu team, Telugu Warriors is led by Venkatesh and Kannada team, Karnataka Bulldozers is led by Sudeep