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Chennai Super Kings ready to roll

February 19, 2008

India Cements Limited, a franchisee of the Indian Premier League, on Monday christened its team 'Chennai Super Kings' and unveiled its logo at a glittering function in Chennai.

Former opener Krish Shrikkanth has been roped in as the team's brand ambassador, while his contemporary and state mate V B Chandrasekar, a former national selector, would be in-charge of picking the players.

Company vice-chairman and Managing Director N Srinivasan uveiled the team logo and said it is a red letter day for Tamil Nadu cricket.

"It is a red letter day in the annals of Tamil Nadu cricket. I am thrilled to announce the team name and unveil its logo in the midst of luminaries of the state who have played cricket with distinction," he said.

Srinivasan said there would be eight foreign players in the team with four of them in the playing eleven for a match.

"Like other franchisee holders, the Chennai team has to wait for the auction on Wednesday [to bid for foreign players] to be over to know the names of players," he said.

Since the IPL has made it mandatory for a team to have a minimum of 16 players and the maximum to be left to the team,

"We plan to have 23 players in 'Super Kings'," said Srinivasan, who is also the treasurer of the Cricket Board.

He said all seven home matches would be played at the MA Chidambaram stadium.

Video courtesy: ANI

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