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Hyderabad, NFAPost: India’s leading sports marketing firm under the umbrella of Reliance Industries, IMG Reliance – a joint venture, has won the global mandate to market Cricket Australia’s ‘Virtual Inventory’ rights, after a competitive bid process.

IMG-Reliance will be the exclusive global agency for Cricket Australia to bring on board brand partners for the virtual inventory that features in the television coverage available to viewers outside of Australia, including the Indian subcontinent.

IMG Reliance now have the mandate of representing Cricket Australia for the forthcoming Indian tour in December, which includes four Tests, three ODI’s and as many T20’s.

The India tour of Australia, scheduled for later this year, will mark the commencement of cricketing season in Australia after the long break forced due to the pandemic.

Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager, Broadcasting & Commercial, Stephanie Beltrame, said “The upcoming Dettol T20, Dettol ODI and Vodafone Test series’ between Australia and India is one of the most eagerly anticipated in world cricket this year.

“This unique new sponsorship opportunity will provide a powerful platform for brands to connect with a vast worldwide audience. We’re thrilled to be partnering with IMG Reliance who have a proven track record in developing and selling cricket sponsorship opportunities, particularly in the sub-continent,” Beltrame added.

Cricket Australia, for the first time will introduce the new concept for its international fixtures starting year 2020. The Australian boards’ plans to create the additional categories in form of end of wicket pitch mats and mid-wicket pitch mats opens up opportunities for brands to associate with the targeted audience for specific series. Visible during live play and accessible only to select brands, this will be among the most premium offerings available to brands in India this year.

IMG-Reliance has emerged as India’s single largest sports marketing firm over the past four years, exclusively representing marquee brands including Dream11, BKT Tyres, BoAt and Jio.

For IPL 2020 alone, IMG Reliance has facilitated partnerships worth over INR 350 crores, including Dream11’s title sponsorship of IPL and 36 other brand associations across eight franchises.

Despite the global slowdown induced by the pandemic, IMG-Reliance has enhanced its sponsorship business portfolio significantly, building on its strong relationships with its brand partners and rights holders, and its focussed approach on building long term value.

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