Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
Mobile phone brand Nokia has returned as the main shirt sponsor of the Indian Premier League’s Kolkata Knight Riders, a position it occupied for seven years between 2008 and 2014.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) continues to set the standard in terms of revenue from its two major sponsorship positions, extending its Nike kit supply deal at the start of this year, but other key cricket boards have seen big increases in 2016.
The Indian subsidiary of sporting goods brand Nike has extended its contract as the Official Apparel Sponsor of the Indian Cricket Team in a five-year deal from 2016 to 2020.
Competition from e-commerce and mobile phone sector companies in India has reinvigorated the value of domestic cricket properties, which struggled last year to meet the expectations of rights holders.
Indian Tyre manufacturer CEAT Tyres is looking to make up ground on rival MRF from its three-year partnership deal of cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL) experts said.
Chinese mobile handset manufacturer Vivo has agreed to pay a huge increase to retain its title sponsorship rights for the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket competition.
To mark the start of the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this month, Sports Sponsorship Insider has completed a survey of the sponsorship portfolios for the boards of Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
Indian Premier League teams, including last year’s champions the Mumbai Indians, accepted last minute, cut price deals to sell out inventory in the run up to the seventh edition of the Twenty20 cricket competition, IPL 7, currently underway.