IPL 2020 will have a UAE presence out in the middle every time the Rajasthan Royals take to the field. The IPL franchise has signed on Expo 2020 Dubai as its principal sponsors for IPL Season 13.
The 6-month long Expo 2020 Dubai will take place from October 20 to April 10, 2021 and will be the first World Expo in its 169-year history to be staged in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region (MEASA). Their logo will adorn the jerseys of the Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming IPL season.
"We are delighted to announce this landmark deal with Expo 2020 to become principal sponsor of our special franchise. The World Expo is one of the most anticipated and innovative events in history, and it gives me great joy to link up with what will be the biggest event ever in the Arab world. We are looking forward to having a very successful association throughout the 13th season of the IPL. The tournament has always provided fans in India with numerous reasons to celebrate, and we are hoping that through this crucial sponsorship, we can encourage them to be a part of the Expo 2020 as well,” said Ranjit Barthakur, Executive Chairman, Rajasthan Royals.
The Expo is set to welcome a record 192 participating countries and 25 million visits from across the globe over a period of 173 days.
“Expo 2020 Dubai will be a showcase of human brilliance and achievement, as well as international collaboration. The association with the IPL franchise will help us build awareness in India, our largest international market, as well as in other cricket-loving nations around the world. I know everyone at Expo 2020 Dubai wishes Rajasthan Royals the best of luck in the 2020 season,” said Anthony Ward, Vice President of Marketing, Expo 2020 Dubai.
The sponsorship for the eight-week season starting in March will see Expo 2020, Rajasthan Royals and its superstar players like Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat come together to showcase Expo 2020 Dubai.