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IPL teams to be rewarded for fair play

Kingfisher Airlines, the official Umpire Partner of the DLF Indian Premier League, announces an initiative to reward fair play during the tournament.

cricket Updated: Apr 18, 2008 02:20 IST

Kingfisher Airlines, the official Umpire Partner of the DLF Indian Premier League, on Thursday announced an initiative to reward fair play during the tournament which begins in Bangalore on Friday.

Under the "Fly Kingfisher Fair Play Award", umpires will award teams, points for fair play, respect for the laws of the game and respect to the opponents, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Kingfisher Airlines Vijay Mallya told presspersons here.

"Award will be given to the team that accumulates maximum points. The umpires will rate the overall conduct of each team and adherence to the rules of the game. In this sense, it is unique as we wanted the adjudicators of the game to participate; wanted to separate it from the Man of the Match clutter", he said.

Mallya, the owner of the Royal Challenger Bangalore team, said the "line up is in an upbeat mood. I think we have a solid team with a lot of experience, talented.

"Our pretty solid line up of players like Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Virat Kohli, local lad Sunil Joshi and others not only has the crowd pulling ability but also presents a well balanced team", he said.

On the outcome of the IPL matches that begin tommorow, Mallya said, "We will give it all we have in us to win the game. We are keen to win and feel confident. We hope all matches which have been sold out, attract good crowd".