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GMR Group purchases Dubai T20 League franchise

The six-team league’s next season is still on schedule to begin later this year.
The rights to own and operate the Dubai franchise in the UAE T20 League have been acquired by GMR Group, an Indian infrastructure business that also co-owns IPL team Delhi Capitals.

The six-team league’s next season is still on schedule to begin later this year.

“UAE continues to impress with its progressive, positive mind-set toward sport and the business of sport,” said GM Rao, GMR’s group chairman. “We believe these traits align well with our group strategy to support sports from grass-roots to international level while being effective in engaging with the community.”

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GMR
GMR

Our firm is certain that the planned structure and plans for the UAE T20 League would take advantage of the UAE’s distinctive characteristics.” “Through our Delhi Capitals team’s involvement in the Indian Premier League (IPL), our team has 14 seasons of experience managing the franchise process, and we will integrate the same elements of these processes into the UAE T20 League and help establish it as a premier and integral part of the global cricket ecosystem,” he added.

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“UAE T20 League considers itself extremely fortunate to have engaged in a series of very significant discussions with various possible stakeholders interested in participating in our League,” said Khalid Al Zarooni, vice chairman of Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).

T20 League franchise
T20 League franchise

“These negotiations have been quite fruitful, and we are extremely pleased to welcome GMR Group as a partner.”

“We have connected ourselves with partners who share the same attitudes toward the game, holding its spirit, integrity, and longevity to the highest respect,” said the League’s CEO.

The UAE T20 League was founded in 2020 as a professional franchise-based T20 cricket tournament.

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