Jaipur: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals have struck sponsorship deal with Expo 2020 for the 13th edition of the Twenty20 tournament.

“We are extremely thrilled to announce a landmark sponsorship with Expo 2020 Dubai for the 13th season of the Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL). The one-year deal will see the next World Expo appear on the front of the Rajasthan Royals' jersey as principal sponsor,” the team said on its website.

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Expo 2020, taking place from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, will be the first World Expo in its 169-year history to be staged in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region (MEASA), and is set to welcome an unprecedented 192 participating countries and 25 million visits from across the globe over a period of 173 days.

“The sub-themes of Expo 2020 – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – resonate with Rajasthan Royals’ vision. Like Expo 2020, we believe in acting as a vehicle for change with a track record in providing opportunity for young players to create a brighter future for themselves,” RR said.

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Ranjit Barthakur, executive chairman, Rajasthan Royals, said, “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.”

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Anthony Ward, vice president of marketing, Expo 2020 Dubai, said, “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.”

The sponsorship for the eight-week season starting in March will see Expo 2020, Rajasthan Royals and their players come together to showcase Expo 2020’s vision and innovation.