Last Update on: May 9th, 2022 at 02:00 pm
The Adani Group has bought a franchise in the new upcoming T20 league to be played in Emirates, which will be played in the IPL-based franchise style. So far, the ECB has announced the on-boarding of five franchises, including the Glazer family of Manchester United fame.
The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) now has all the six franchises to launch the T20 league which is expected to happen next January-February. Apart from the Adani Group, and the Glazers, ECB has also announced that Dubai-based Capri Global, GMR of Delhi Capitals fame, and Reliance Industries which owns the Mumbai Indians team in the IPL as the stakeholders of the league.
“Licensed by Emirates Cricket Board, the UAE T20 League is an annual event that will feature six franchise teams competing in a 34-match event. Top players from all the cricket playing countries are expected to be in the line-up of different teams.
“The league will be providing a platform and exposure to upcoming young cricketers. This will be the first major move overseas by the Adani Sportsline that will connect and engage with global fans from across the cricketing nations,” the ECB said.
Even Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) co-owner Shah Rukh Khan is expected to buy a stake in the league which is to be confirmed by the ECB soon. The Emirates Board has already signed a media rights deal with the Zee Group.
We Are Excited To Be Part Of The UAE T20 League: Adani Group
The Adani Group headed by Gautam Adani who has an estimated worth of USD 123.7 billion, had tried to acquire one of the two new franchises in the Indian Premier League as well, going for the Ahmedabad-based team, given that they are based out of that city in Gujarat.
“We are excited to be part of the UAE T20 league. The UAE is an amazing amalgamation of several cricket loving nations. It provides an excellent platform for enhancing the visibility of cricket as the sport goes increasingly global.
“Our presence here is also a great base for the Adani brand that is contributing significantly to the sports ecosystem in India through leagues such as boxing and kabaddi, and nurturing sporting talent at the grassroots level through the Garv Hai initiative,” Pranav Adani said.
The league will be providing a platform and exposure to upcoming young cricketers. This will be the first major move overseas by the Adani Sportsline that will connect and engage with global fans from across the cricketing nations.