Hero Motorcorp extends Title Sponsorship of Hero Caribbean Premier League until 2018

St. Lucia, May 31, 2016: Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL), the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, today extended its Title Sponsorship of the popular Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for another three years. With this extension, the mega cricketing event will continue to be called the ‘Hero Caribbean Premier League’ until the 2018 season.

The New Delhi (India)-headquartered Hero MotoCorp became the Title Sponsor of the Twenty20 cricket league in the Caribbean for the first time in 2015. Hero has for long been a key partner of marquee events in various disciplines of sports – including cricket, soccer, field hockey and golf – in India and across the globe.

Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director & CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, said: “Cricket continues to be one of the most popular sports in various parts of the world, and the Hero CPL has become an eagerly-awaited annual event for cricket fans not just in the Caribbean but across the globe. The extension of our Title Sponsorship of the Hero CPL is also in keeping with the increasing global presence of Brand Hero, which is now present in 30 countries across Asia, Africa and South and Central America. The Hero CPL is now set to become one of the important events in Hero’s annual global sporting calendar.”

The Hero CPL 2016 will be played between June 29 – August 7 at venues across seven territories – Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago, and Fort Lauderdale in the USA.

Welcoming the contract extension, Richard Bevan, Chairman of the Hero Caribbean Premier League said: “On behalf of the Management and Board I am delighted to announce that Hero MotoCorp will continue its affiliation with CPL as Title Sponsor of the biggest party in sport for the next three years.

“Following the successes of the West Indies Men’s, Women’s and Under-19 teams on the international circuit over the last few months, we are excited about this year’s competition which will once again see the best Caribbean and international talent project their skills to a growing local and international audience. This year the CPL will be breaking new ground with the first foray for professional cricket into the USA, and we are delighted that Hero MotoCorp will be joining us on this journey.”

Mr. Damien O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer of CPL, added: “Hero MotoCorp is an internationally respected brand with a strong record of promoting and supporting the game of cricket. To have a title sponsor of their standing is a massive boost before a ball is bowled and their values and ambitions are closely aligned to our own; to develop a stylish and exciting brand on the world stage. Preparations continue at pace for the start of the 2016 campaign and we are delighted to continue our partnership with Hero MotoCorp for the foreseeable future.”

Last year’s tournament attracted a global audience in excess of 90 million and this year is set to be even higher as fans across the world continue to be drawn to the high quality action on the pitch and the unique party atmosphere off it. To purchase tickets for CPL 2016 visit www.cplt20.com.

The HERO Caribbean Premier League, which will take place from 29 June to 7 August, is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. This year the CPL will break new ground as six matches will be played in Central Broward Stadium, Fort Lauderdale which will mark the sport’s first professional foray into mainland USA.

For the past 15 consecutive years, Hero MotoCorp has remained the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer in terms of unit volumes sold by a single company in a calendar year. The company achieved a significant milestone recently with the inauguration of its world-class Hero ‘Centre of Innovation and Technology’ (CIT) in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. In financial year 2015-16, Hero sold over 6.63 million two-wheelers. The company currently sells its products in 30 countries across the world.

Hero MotoCorp has been associated with various disciplines of sports including cricket, golf, field hockey and soccer for over two decades now. Hero MotoCorp has also had a long association with cricket in various capacities. The company was earlier one of the Global Partners of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The company was also the team sponsor of ‘Delhi Daredevils’ and later of ‘Mumbai Indians’ in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods is Hero’s Global Corporate Partner. Hero is also a partner of the Tiger Woods Foundation and hosts the marquee Hero World Challenge golf tournament at Albany in the Bahamas, with participation from 18 top golfers in the world. —- CPL

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