Mick Jagger meets up with England’s cricket stars in Kolkata ahead of their World Cup clash with Pakistan – just a month after the Rolling Stones frontman and avid sports fan was spotted taking in El Clasico
- England are facing off against Pakistan in their final Cricket World Cup game
- Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is known to be an avid fan of the sport
- Jagger met up with some members of England’s team before Saturday’s match
England will be watched on by Mick Jagger during their Cricket World Cup game against Pakistan on Saturday in Kolkata.
The Rolling Stones frontman arrived in the Indian city on Thursday and met a group of England players, including captain Jos Buttler, in their hotel restaurant on the eve of the game.
‘Kolkata gets Jagger-Bombed’ was the headline in The Times of India.
Mail Sport understands that Jagger is not in Kolkata as a guest of the England team but the 80-year-old has always been a keen sports fan, recently attending the El Clasico in Barcelona, while he was also spotted at The Oval during the Ashes earlier this year along with the World Test Championship final in June.
Jagger’s connection with cricket has always been strong.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger met up with some of England’s cricket stars in Kolkata
Jagger was also in attendance at the World Test Championship final at the Oval in the summer
Back in 1997, he was frustrated that an ODI tournament featuring England in Sharjah was not live on TV in the UK so he got in touch with the company producing the telecasts for the matches and asked if he could help.
Jagger – who was on the Rolling Stones’ Bridges to Babylon world tour at the time and wanted to be able to watch the games in his trailer – then put up the money to stream the games on Cricinfo after founding his own own internet company, Jagged Internetworks.
In the aforementioned photo, alongside England captain Butler, Jagger was joined by Sam Curran, Gus Atkinson, Brydon Carse, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow and Harry Brook.
Jagger is also regularly seen in the hospitality areas during Test matches at Lord’s, while he is reported to own one of the flats that overlooks the iconic ground in St John’s Wood.
Last month, he was seen alongside his Rolling Stones bandmates at El Clasico after the rock band’s iconic logo was printed on Barcelona’s shirts for their showdown with Real Madrid.
The club announced in September that the the iconic tongue and lips logo of the band would replace the logo of usual sponsor Spotify on their shirts for the game.
During the game – which Barcelona lost 2-1 thanks to two goals from Jude Bellingham – he was seen taking in the atmosphere alongside Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman, while they were gesturing and reacting with anguish throughout.
The Rolling Stones agreed a deal that would see their logo on Barcelona’s kit for El Clasico
Jagger (with Bill Wyman (L) and Ronnie Wood (R)) was seen gesturing during the game
The agreement surrounding the shirt deal was to do with promoting their new album
The agreement surrounding the shirt sponsorship was all to do with promoting the Rolling Stones’ new album ‘Hackney Diamonds’, which was released on October 20. The album was the Rolling Stones first release of new material in 18 years.
‘We’re huge football fans and honoured that Spotify have brought our Tongue & Lips logo to grace the FC Barcelona shirt to celebrate the release of the Stones’ new ‘Hackney Diamonds’ album,’ the Rolling Stones said at the time.
‘We’ll be cheering on the players on the pitch as well as fans around the world who will be tuning in to watch this iconic match.’
The band’s logo also featured on the women’s team’s kit for their match against Sevilla on November 5 at Estadi Johan Cruyff.
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