In the past, Muslim Cricketers had often decided against having logos of alcohol brands on their kit. Hashim Amla wore South Africa kit without having the name of team sponsor Castle Lager. Moeen Ali is also following the same practice with the kit of Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Ali will not be having SNJ Distillers on his CSK kit during IPL 2021. One of the sources closed to CSK told TOI about the franchise firmly backs the decision of Ali and there is no compulsion for him to wear kits with SNJ’s logo.
“CSK regards their players and their choices. In case they don’t need to wear shirts wearing alcohol logos, they get it. There’s no compulsion from their side as well as from their sponsors” other CSK Players will continue wearing that symbol but not Moeen Ali it has been decided.”
Meanwhile, Ali is looking forward to playing under MS Dhoni. He has previously admitted that every player’s wish list consists of playing under the leadership of Dhoni. Ali has previously played under Virat Kohli at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
CSK decided to pay a fee of Rs 7 crores to acquire Ali’s services for IPL 2021 in February’s auction. The all-rounder will be tasked to finish games for CSK and chip in with wickets with the ball. CSK will start IPL 2021 against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10.
SNJ Distillers working with CSK for third season in a row
In Tamil Nadu, British Empire was launched by SNJ Distillers in April 2011. Just before the start of the IPL 2019, Chennai Super Kings signed a sponsorship deal with British Empire and SNJ Distilleries Private Limited.
As part of this deal, the SNJ 10000 logo will be seen on the lead arm of the team’s jersey whereas British Empire will be seen on the back of the helmet. In the present scenario, the advertisement of alcohol is banned in India, the two brands will be promoted as British Empire glasses and SNJ 10000 packaged drinking water.