Amitabh Bachchan is all ready to be the Brand Ambassador of the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 to be held in South Africa by ESPN STAR Sports channel in South Africa.
Manu Sawhney, managing director of ESPN STAR Sports, said ‘I think what makes the event even more special today is that we have two great champions of their crafts, Mr. Bachchan and Saurav (Ganguly). Airtel Champions League T20 is the world championship of T20 teams from various countries,’.
Mr. Bachchan during the press conference said-"T20 cricket is just exciting. The time, the constraint, the fact that each player has to perform from the very first ball … I’m honoured that I’ve been a part of this now. I wish all the three Indian teams well. I hope that Sachin (Tendulkar), (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni and (Anil) Kumble do well,".
"When I joined the film industry, there used to be many celebrity matches. I think it was during one of them at Brabourne (stadium in Mumbai). I was bowling left arm spin when the ‘umpire’ advised me to bowl from the other side of the wicket. I was irritated and I completed the over from the same side,"
"After finishing the over, I asked a friend about the umpire and it turned out he was Vinoo Mankad. I was so embarrassed that I could have dug a pit and jumped into it," he added
"Much has been written about Tendulkar. The way he plays is exceptional. I generally believe that sportspersons wane with age. But Sachin is making new records every day," he said.
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, who was present at the function, said, "He (Bachchan) is in a profession where he has mesmerised us all these years. He is in the right place and we are lucky to have him amongst us."
The league is going to start from 26th August,ESPN will telecast the matches to 169 countries across the world.