Puma ropes in female personalities for #CricketIsEveryonesGame to champion women's cricket

The lineup of female personalities include actor and entrepreneur Kareena Kapoor Khan, businesswoman and cofounder of Sugar Cosmetics Vineeta Singh, boxer MC Mary Kom, fashion designer Masaba Gupta and news anchor Faye D'Souza

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Puma ropes in female personalities for #CricketIsEveryonesGame to champion women's cricket

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Global sports brand Puma has brought together a lineup of female personalities- actor and entrepreneur  Kareena Kapoor Khan, businesswoman and cofounder of Sugar Cosmetics Vineeta Singh, boxer MC Mary Kom, fashion designer Masaba Gupta and news anchor Faye D’Souza, to join hands and champion the cause of women’s cricket in the country.

The selected women leaders as voices of change will be jointly attending a Women’s Premier League (WPL) match in New Delhi on March 10 for a Ladies’ Night to support and celebrate our women athletes.

Puma took to social media on Thursday to announce this association and launched the campaign with a digital film featuring the five women. Narrated by the leaders, the film conceptualised by Puma revealed that women’s cricket receives only 1/8th the viewership of men’s cricket (as per official digital viewership data of 2023), reflecting the gender bias in the sports ecosystem.

Despite huge potential, women’s cricket in India is yet to achieve the desired numbers when it comes to viewership, as only 18% of the women who watch men’s cricket, watch women’s game.

In the digital film, the stars pledged to not only come together to watch the WPL match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the stadium, but also welcomed women from all walks of life to join them and enjoy watching the game as a collective over this Ladies‘ Night.

Commenting on the occasion, Karthik Balagopalan, Managing Director, Puma India, said, “As the country’s leading sports brand, Puma has been a long-standing driver of change in shattering gender biases and championing women’s sports. Traditionally, women in the country have not been encouraged to watch and embrace sports as men have. Now that is the need of the hour. We are at the turning point to create an equitable sporting landscape and women need to watch women’s sport in order to drive change.”

Balagopalan added, “As we launch this campaign today, it is heartwarming to have India’s leading women such as Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vineeta Singh, MC Mary Kom, Masaba Gupta and Faye D’Souza, use the power of their voice and platforms to address this cause. Cricket is Everyone’s Game and as a brand we have been advocating it from the time we onboarded Harmanpreet Kaur with an award-winning social experiment. We are confident now that this remarkable collaboration will further the narrative, level the playing field, increase fandom and create inspiration for the future generation of women athletes.”

Commenting on the occasion, Khan said,“ India has seen some significant performances by our female athletes recently but there is so much more scope for it to be brought out with more glory. While cricket is a religion in our country - the spotlight, the viewership, the fanfare – is markedly lesser in women’s cricket when compared to men’s cricket. Personally cricket as a sport has always been close to my heart, it runs in our family and now we own a team as well so it's even more special.“

Khan added,“I’m glad that a brand like Puma has identified this need and come forward with this stand-out campaign to increase the participation of female viewers in women’s cricket. Let’s come together and join Puma to bring the much-needed change.”

Singh said, "I am honoured to stand alongside formidable women in supporting Puma's groundbreaking #CricketIsEveryonesGame campaign at the Women's Premier League. Being an entrepreneur, I have faced barriers and I understand the power of breaking them. It’s disheartening to witness the vast viewership gap between men's and women's cricket, and we are committed to changing that narrative which goes beyond the boundaries of the sports arena; it's about empowering women, fostering entrepreneurship, and boosting the sports economy.”

Gupta added, “Female athletes serve as powerful role models for girls and young women. Supporting women's sports fosters a sense of community and inclusion by bringing people together to celebrate athletic achievements, regardless of gender. Through this campaign with Puma, we aim to revolutionise women’s cricket and I hope to see many women to be a part of this historic movement.”

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