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The Emirates Cricket Board has confirmed Adani Group as the franchise owner of the upcoming T20 competition

The Adani Group has acquired a franchise in the Emirates Cricket Board’s (ECB) soon-to-be-launched IPL-style private Twenty20 tournament. The ECB has so far announced the addition of five franchises, including the Glazer family of Manchester United renown.

With the formal entry of the Adanis, the ECB now has all six franchises in place for the league’s start, which is expected to take place in January or February of next year. Aside from the Adanis and the Glazers, the ECB has also named Dubai-based Capri Global, GMR of Delhi Capitals fame, and Reliance Industries, which owns the Mumbai Indians franchise in the IPL, as league stakeholders. The ECB has yet to confirm Shah Rukh Khan’s ownership stake in the league, which is expected to happen soon. The Emirates Board of Directors has previously inked a media rights agreement with the Zee Group.

“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.

It may be remembered that in October, an Ahmedabad-based company led by Gautam Adani, Asia’s richest man, attempted to acquire an IPL franchise.

“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.” said Pranav Adani.