Belagavi Panthers appoint Marvan Atapattu as Team Mentor
Bengaluru, 16 August 2017: Belagavi Panthers announced the appointment of former Sri Lanka captain and coach Marvan Atapattu as the team’s mentor during the Karbonn Smartphones Karnataka Premier League 2017, powered by Cycle Pure Agarbathies, Atapattu will join the squad on 4 September and will be with them for the duration of the tournament.
Commentingon the association, Mr. Ali Asfak Thara, owner of Belagavi Panthers,said: "We are delighted to have Mr. Atapattu on board as a mentor forBelagavi Panthers in the upcoming KPL. We are sure that his experience inthe international arena will bring a lot of exposure to our players, and willhelp them reach the next level.”
Atapattufeatured in a total of 90 Tests and 268 One-Day Internationals for Sri Lanka ina career spanning 17 years. He scored 5502 Test runs, including16 hundreds, and8529 ODI runs comprising 11 hundreds. With such a track record, Atapattu’sexperience will certainly be a big boost for the Belagavi Panthers.
On his part,Atapattu too was thrilled with the opportunity. “I am happy and excited to workwith the team and pass on my experience and expertise to the players,” he said.
BeforeAtapattu joins the squad, Belagavi Panthers will travel to Dubai to train atthe ICC Academy from 20-26 August. Plans are also afoot to train underlights so as to simulate match conditions at the Dubai International CricketStadium (DICS).
The squad’ssessions at the ICC Academy will be supervised by Jacob Oram, the former NewZealand all-rounder. Mr. Ali Asfak Thara was particularlydelighted with Oram’s involvement. He said: “Jacob Oram has been a very usefulcricketer in the T20 format. We are hoping that he can pass on some vitalknowledge to our squad during the training in Dubai. With the weather in Dubaibeing very hot, we will be training mostly under lights. More than anythingelse the trip to Dubai is an opportunity to build a strong bond in the squad.”
The squadwill be formally introduced to the state of Karnataka at a mega launchscheduled for 27 August.
IndianWomen’s cricket star Veda Krishnamurthy, meanwhile, has been appointed brandambassador of the franchise. “We are really pleased to appoint one of theleading icons of women’s cricket in Veda as our brand ambassador. Veda willalso be joining the squad during the Dubai trip and will also be at our matchesduring the tournament,” said Mr. Ali Asfak Thara.
The KarbonnSmartphones KPL 2017, powered by Cycle Pure Agarbathies, will be played in thememory of S.D.N.R Wadiyar, the former president of the KSCA and the scion ofthe Mysore royal family. The tournament is the brainchild of former Indiancricketer Brijesh Patel and he has been instrumental in the successfulimplementation of the league over the last five years.