Ameesha Patel and Neil Nitin Mukesh at the launch of ‘Jaipur Premier League Season 2’

Updated: Jun 10, 2013, 17:48 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Mumbai: The state of Maharashtra is all geared up to witness the biggest and the grandest T20 domestic cricket in India for the very first time. After the stupendous success of Jaipur Premier League Season 1 held in Rajasthan last year, the cricket extravaganza returns this year with double the excitement. All prominent cricketers from Rajasthan will be seen in action in the Jaipur Premier League (JPL) Season 2 set to start from June 28, 2013 to July 7,2013.

The six franchises have doled out more than Rs. 25 lakhs each to hire 12 cricketers in each team. The six teams in fray are Shree Tirupati Tigers, Lake City Panthers, Mewar Mustangs, Omkaama Lions, The Live Kangaroos and Balaji Rhinos. Every team has bid for the best players from a pool of 90 state players made available from RCA (Rajasthan Cricket Association). Prominent cricketers like Ashok Menaria (Rajasthan Royals fame U19 captain); Vineet Saxena, Rohit Jhalani and Rashmi Ranjan Parida (Ranji Stars of Rajasthan); Dishant Yagnik (Rajasthan Royals fame) and Pankaj Singh (Rajasthan Royals fame & India Test Series Player) will be some of the key players of the tournament. 15 league matches, 2 semi-finals and 1 mega final are scheduled to be held at Sinhagad Ground, Pune.

The star-cast of upcoming Bollywood film ‘Shortcut Romeo’ - Neil Nitin Mukesh and Ameesha Patel were present for the JPL Season 2 launch event to add the glam factor to the tournament as well as promote their film on the same platform. Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh with much enthusiasm said, "Me and Ameesha are extremely happy about our films association with JPL`s launch event. Cricket is a religion in our country and so is Bollywood. In our film, there are a lot of shortcuts which help to proceed the story successfully. However, i personally believe there should be no shortcut in real life as they prove to be deprimental. ‘Jaipur Premiere League’ is backed by credible organisers, honest players and a cricket loving audience. Thus, i am confident it will be a grand success."

Actor Ameesha Patel said, "I Love cricket and i am very proud to be announcing JPL season 2. The audience has a treat in store with Shortcut Romeo releasing on June 21st followed by 10 days of exciting cricket matches of JPL.

Mr. Prashant Mishra & Mr. Amit Singh of Woods Entertainment said, “JPL 1 was a super success. We had never expected the kind of response we got last year and the love and support of the audiences was exceptional. The bonding we have with JDCA (Jaipur District Cricket Association) is something special and extreme support has been extended from their end. We are glad and happy to continue this league forward and are looking for a grander show this year!”

Mr. Mahesh Chakankar, Director of Omkaama Productions stated, “I was very happy to see the way Prashant and Amit had executed JPL Season 1. I was very keen to collaborate with them for this 2nd edition and I am sure with the expertise and team Omkaama has, JPL 2 will be a much bigger and better tournament.”

The format of the tournament will be the same as last years’ and the squads have been finalized. With three weeks to go for JPL Season 2, this period will witness a lot of practice and the planning of strategies by the teams, as they prepare to go all out to win. The stage is indeed set for an extraordinary tournament.

About Woods Entertainment: Owned by Mr. Amit Singh and Mr. Prashant Mishra. The company was formed in 2009 with the intention of promoting sports and sport activities globally. Woods Entertainment is engaged in the regular corporate sports tournamnets throughout the year. Woods has also officially been associated with Rajasthan Royals for their camps held in Mumbai. JPL was a vision by Woods Entertainment. Long relations and bond with JDCA finally led to Rajasthan`s biggest event ever - The Jaipur Premier League.

About Omkaama Productions: Omkaama Productions has been formed with the motive of entertaining the audiences with Sports and other art forms. Owned by Mr. Mahesh Chakankar, Omkaama Productions` first venture is Jaipur Premier League. It is a sub-division of Omkaama Trade India Pvt Ltd, which is amonst India`s leading Franchise and Brand building Companies. With a clientele of more than 7000 brands, Omkaama now has merged with Woods to take the legacy of JPL forward in its 2nd edition.