The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has signed a short-term kit supply deal for its national teams with Killer Jeans, the Indian clothing brand.

The company replaces MPL Sports Apparel and Accessories, an offshoot of fantasy gaming platform Mobile Premier League, which terminated its contract with the BCCI a year early.

MPL’s deal was due to run until December 31, 2023, but it opted to pull out of the agreement. The BCCI had requested MPL to stay on until March 31, but it was unwilling to do so.

Killer Jeans will now step in until the end of the year after MPL transferred the rights to its parent company Kewal Kiran Clothing Limited.

MPL replaced US sportswear giant Nike as India’s kit supplier in 2020 in a three-year deal.

Nike had held the India contract since 2006 and its partnership with the BCCI was one of the longest such associations in world cricket. 

India will first play with the new jerseys in the upcoming T20 International (T20I) and One Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka.

The first of three T20Is will start today (January 3) in Mumbai.

The BCCI has now lost three major sponsors in the last six months. PayTM, the Indian digital payments firm, ended its deal as the title sponsor of both international and domestic home matches despite having a year to run on its contract.

PayTM was replaced by international credit card giant Mastercard in September.  

Byju’s, an educational technology firm, also recently informed the BCCI that it would terminate its front-of-shirt sponsorship deal in March 2023, nine months before the contract is due to end.

The company had extended its deal with the BCCI last June for another 18 months for $55 million.