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ZEEL bags UAE T20 League’s broadcast rights for 10 years

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), an Indian media conglomerate which is headquartered in Mumbai, has acquired the broadcast rights for the Emirates Cricket Board’s (ECB) UAE T20 League for a period of 10 years, reports have suggested.

As per reports, the broadcasting deal was signed for $150 million over the 10-year period which means ZEEL will be paying $15 million per year to the ECB as broadcast rights fee for the tournament.

The deal comes at a time when ZEEL is in the process of merging its business with Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) and the merger means that the combined entity will be a big player in the sports broadcasting business.

Earlier, ZEEL had quit the sports business in 2016 after selling its Ten Sports to Sony for $385 million.

Recently speaking at APOS India 2021 event, ZEEL MD and CEO Punit Goenka had said that the Zee-Sony merger deal is in progress and the $1.57 billion growth capital infusion by Sony will allow the merged entity to invest in high-quality content, including sports.

“Zee and Sony will form the largest media and entertainment player in the country. Our revenue on a standalone basis will be close to $2 billion and the growth capital that Sony is going to infuse in the merged entity will give us the opportunity to invest in premium content including sports,” Goenka had said.

“There is a going to be a huge opportunity on both digital and linear side to create big scale entertainment properties and acquire large IPs across genres,” he had added.

“While we will reconsider sports on a standalone basis but right now my focus is look on joint consolidated basis with Sony. A lot has changed since we exited the sports business and funnily so, we sold it to Sony, and it’s coming full circle back home,” he had further expressed.

Notably, the deal might be very fruitful for ZEEL as Cricket, which has over 2.5 billion fans across the globe, is the second most watched sport in UAE as the country has a huge diaspora from cricket-loving nationas especially India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The six-team league will kick off early next year.

What looks interesting is that three of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises – Mumbai Indians (MI), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Delhi Capitals (DC) will acquire a team in the UAE T20 league.

Moreover, the Glazer family, owners of the Manchester United, and Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sidney Sixers are also expected to own teams in the league.

While MI had recently announced to acquire a frnachise, the others are reportedly in process of doing so.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the parent company of Mumbai Indians, on November 24 had announced to acquire a team in the UAE T20 League.

“Reliance Industries Limited, through its subsidiary Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Ltd (RSBVL) will be acquiring the rights to own and operate a new franchise cricket team in the Emirates Cricket Board’s upcoming UAE T20 League. The move is the first major overseas expansion of Reliance Industries’ cricket operations in the global franchise-based cricket leagues,” the organisers had said in a statement.

On the other hand, Nita Ambani, co-owner & architect of Mumbai Indians had said: “With great pride and joy, we take our Mumbai Indians brand of fearless cricket to a new geography. We are thankful to our fans, both in India and overseas, for supporting MI wholeheartedly. I look forward to strengthening and further expanding our global fanbase, and having a longer engagement with them through this new League.”

“While Mumbai Indians will continue to remain at the heart of our cricket operations, the popularity of global T20 leagues and attractiveness of the UAE market offer a unique opportunity for us to further unlock the value of our sports management expertise. It also allows us a platform to develop young international talent and share best practices both on and off the field,” she added.

For the initial few years, the league will feature six franchise teams competing in a 34-match event. The League will involve some of the biggest names in world cricket and provide a platform and exposure to upcoming young cricketers.

RIL subsidiary announce to acquire franchise in UAE T20 League

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the parent company of Mumbai Indians, on Wednesday announced to acquire a team in Emirates Cricket Board’s (ECB) UAE T20 League.

Named as Premier League T20 (PLT20), the six-team league will kick off early next year and will also witness a couple of more IPL franchises – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Delhi Capitals (dc).

Meanwhile, the Glazer family, owners of the Manchester United, and Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sidney Sixers are also expected to own teams in the league.

“Reliance Industries Limited, through its subsidiary Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Ltd (RSBVL) will be acquiring the rights to own and operate a new franchise cricket team in the Emirates Cricket Board’s upcoming UAE T20 League. The move is the first major overseas expansion of Reliance Industries’ cricket operations in the global franchise-based cricket leagues,” the organisers said in a statement.

On the other hand, Nita Ambani, co-owner & architect of Mumbai Indians said: “With great pride and joy, we take our Mumbai Indians brand of fearless cricket to a new geography. We are thankful to our fans, both in India and overseas, for supporting MI wholeheartedly. I look forward to strengthening and further expanding our global fanbase, and having a longer engagement with them through this new League.”

“While Mumbai Indians will continue to remain at the heart of our cricket operations, the popularity of global T20 leagues and attractiveness of the UAE market offer a unique opportunity for us to further unlock the value of our sports management expertise. It also allows us a platform to develop young international talent and share best practices both on and off the field,” she added.

Meanwhile, Khalid Al Zarooni, Chairman of the UAE T20 League and vice chairman ECB, felt that RILs investment in UAE T20 League demonstrates the confidence of the corporate industry in UAE’s vision and ability to deliver a world class cricketing event.

“We aim to transform cricket in the UAE through the UAE T20 League. Our wider plan includes expansion of cricket through various development programs being conducted in UAE by the League franchisees including talent hunts, coaching, and training by some of the best in the business,” said Zarooni.

“RIL has the legacy with a proven track record in establishing the most successful team in franchise cricket. Association of vanguard like RIL with the League demonstrates the confidence in our system and the strength of our infrastructure to deliver world class events. We are pleased to welcome RIL onboard and look forward to having an exciting and continuing alliance,” he added.

Significantly, the UAE T20 League, which is sanctioned by Emirates Cricket Board will be held annually.

For the initial few years, the league will feature six franchise teams competing in a 34-match event. The League will involve some of the biggest names in world cricket and provide a platform and exposure to upcoming young cricketers.

Man Utd owners, Shah Rukh Khan, Mumbai Indians acquire franchises in Emirates T20 league

Emirates Cricket Board’s upcoming inaugural season of Premier League T20 (PL T20), a T20 League, received a major boost as some giants of the sporting world have acquired teams in the tournament.

According to a report in Times of India (ToI), English Premier League giants Manchester United owners – The Glazer family, which had failed to buy a team in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) recently, have bought a team in the Emirates T20 league along with bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Mumbai Indians.

Khan also co-owns IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders and enjoys a massive fan-following in the UAE which is seen as one another reason to boost the league.

“And for Shahrukh, Dubai has always been a second home to him. Brand SRK has been synonymous with this part of the world and it naturally augurs well to have him and his franchise participating in our league,” say those working on the property as quoted by Times of India.

Meanwhile, financial services company Capri Global, Kiran Kumar Grandhi of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) and Big Bash League (BBL) club Sydney Sixers have also became part of the league.

“January’s a great time to play cricket in the UAE. The destination caters to multiple time zones, especially in the west. It suits prime-time in the Indian sub-continent very well, as we’ve seen during the last two IPLs and the recent T20 World Cup that were played there,” industry executives, tracking developments of the development, were quoted as saying by Times of India.

According to reports, defending IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were also in the fray to acquire a team however, they backed down at the eleventh hour.

Earlier in August, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) had announced the launch of PLT20, a six-team franchise-style league, will be played in January and February 2022.

The T20 league was sanctioned by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of ECB.

As part of the announcement, the tournament logo was also unveiled which is an ode to its home city – Dubai.

The hallmark of the new league is that it will have highest number of international players in a squad. This unique aspect of the league will attract some of the biggest names in world cricket while also giving a platform and international exposure to upcoming players.

The logo fosters and exudes a patriotic fervour with the UAE’s national symbol – the majestic Falcon draped in UAE’s flag colours, which then symbolically intertwines with the unmistakable Cricket image – the powerful hit of a batsman. All the elements of the PLT20 logo are then encased by a shield; symbolizing pride, honour and strength which combine to create an unbreakable, uniting force of the United Arab Emirates – values which will underpin every aspect of the PLT20.

The league is duly approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

ICC seeks probe into crowd behaviour in Dubai

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to thoroughly investigate the incident of attempts by hundreds of ticketless people attempting to get an entry into the Dubai International Cricket stadium for the Pakistan-Afghanistan ICC T20 World Cup ‘Super 12’ match on Friday night.

Although over 16,000 tickets were issued for the night game between Pakistan and Afghanistan, as per reports, thousands of ticketless fans travelled to the venue and attempted to gain an entry into the stadium forcefully, the ICC said in a statement late on Friday.

Issuing a statement, the ICC said: “More than 16,000 tickets had been issued for tonight’s game between Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, thousands of ticketless fans traveled to the venue and then attempted to force entry into the stadium.
More than 16,000 tickets had been issued for tonight’s game between Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, thousands of ticketless fans traveled to the venue and then attempted to force entry into the stadium.”

“Dubai Police and security staff secured the stadium to ensure the safety of everyone inside and brought in significant additional resources to disperse the crowd and calm the situation. At approximately 7pm, Dubai Police directed that all gates should remain closed and no further entry was permitted to maintain a safe and controlled environment inside the venue,” it added.

The Global body further said: “The ICC has asked the ECB to undertake a thorough investigation into tonight’s events to learn any lessons and will work closely with authorities to ensure there is no repeat of this situation in the future. The ICC, BCCI and ECB apologise to any fans with valid tickets who were unable to enter the stadium tonight and request they contact the ticket provider.”

Notably on Friday, the Babar Azam-led Pakistan side maintained their winning streak in the showpiece event as they defetaed Afghanistan by five wickets in a thrilling encounter in Dubai. With the victory, the Green Brigade also completed their hat-trick of wins in the Super 12 round and also consolidated their position on top of the Group 2 table.

Chasing 148 for victory, Pakistan rode skipper Babar Azam fifty along with cameo of Asif Ali to cross the finish line with an over to spare.

While Babar top-scored with 51 runs, Fakhar Zaman chipped in with a valuable 25-ball 30.

However, it was Asif’s cameo down the order which helped Pakistan seal their third straight victory. Asif played a scintillating 7-ball 25-run cameo, which was laced with four massive hits into the stands.

Pakistan had earlier defeated arch-rivals India in their campaign opener by 10 wickets before beating New Zealand in their second game.

The Babar Azam-led side will next take on Namibia on November 2 in Abu Dhabi before taking on Scotland in their last league affair at the Sharjah Cricket stadium on November 7.

Meanwhile after Friday’s win over Afghanistan, Pakistan have already sealed a semi-final berth. With three wins from as many games, the Green Brigade currently tops the Group 2 standing with six points in their kitty with a decent Net Run-Rate (NRR) of 0.638.

Afghanistan are placed second in the table with one win from two games.

BCCI appoints VPS Healthcare to manage bio bubbles during T20 World Cup

The UAE-based VPS Healthcare, which had successfully managed the bio-bubble during the just concluded 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have reappointed the multinational healthcare group for providing medical services in the ongoing edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Notably, it will be the third time when the VPS Healthcare has been entrusted with the responsibility of handling the medical side of a huge cricket tournament.

With a strength of over 2000 people, which will include as many as 16 teams within the bio-secure environment this time, it is going to be the biggest bio-bubble ever managed during any international cricket tournament held in the past couple of years.

The healthcare group will not only look after the players and support staffs but also their families, broadcast crew, BCCI and ICC officials, staff at the hotel and stadium.

Meanwhile, as per reports, the healthcare group has implemented some stringent protocols to avoid any breach of the bio-secure environment during the showpiece event.

Reports said that for the T20 World Cup, the medical group has created a total of twelve bio-bubbles across nine hotels. While seven bio-bubbles are in Dubai, the remaining five have been set up in Abu Dhabi.

Moreover, the healthcare group will also use Rapid RT-PCR tests in case of any emergency as it would give the test results within a short duration of just 20-30 minutes.

“In contrast to the earlier times, all members within the bio-bubble are vaccinated. Despite that, all will undergo regular RT-PCR tests to uphold the safety measures. The testing protocol for the members in the bio-bubble has been set by the ICC,” stated a release.

Throughout the showpiece event, the medical group is expected to conduct more than 20,000 PCR tests. VPS is said to be able in conducting over 2,000 PCR tests per day, with a turnaround time of 6 hours for the results.

VPS will not only secure the bio-bubble but will also provide holistic medical support for the T20 World Cup.

Experienced in offering 360-degree healthcare services for sporting events, it will provide a broad range of services, including emergency medical services, sports medicine support, musculoskeletal imaging, specialist teleconsultation, doctor-on-call, and ambulance/air ambulance support.

VPS Healthcare will also be managing the medical services at the stadiums and during practice sessions of the teams and meanwhile, the company has also put doctors at the hotels of the players, support staffs, broadcast crews and other officials to cater to their need in case of any emergency.

Also as the ICC has allowed 70 percent spectators allowed at the venues, the mediacl group has also set up spectator clinics in the various stadiums to look after any emergency case.

Meanwhile, special arrangements have been put in place across VPS’ Burjeel hospitals in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah for the immediate treatment of players or other stakeholders.

The release also stated that anybody requiring the air ambulance facility will be taken to Burjeel’Medical City, VPS’ quaternary care facility at Mohammed Bin Zayed City in Abu Dhabi.

Winner of T20 World Cup to receive cash prize of 1.6 million dollars

The winner of the upcoming men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will receive a prize money of 1.6 million dollars while the runners-up will get half of the winning amount, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the global cricket body also said that the two losing semifinalists will receive 400,000 dollars each from the matches taking place on November 10 and 11.

On the other hand, all the 16 teams competing in the showpiece event will receive part of the 5.6 million dollars allocated as prize money for the tournament, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman between October 17 and November 14.

Also like the 2016 edition of the tournament, there will be a bonus amount for every match that a team wins in the Super 12 stage.

The winning team in each of the 30 games in that phase will this time win 40,000 dollars, a total pot of 1,200,000 dollars.

Notably, Afghanistan, Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and the West Indies are the teams confirmed to be featuring in the Super 12 stage.

The eight teams whose men’s T20 World Cup campaigns end at Super 12 stage will automatically receive 70,000 dollars each, totalling to 560,000 dollars.

The four teams knocked out in the first round will be given 40,000 dollars each from an overall 160,000 dollars. Notablt, Bangladesh, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, and Sri Lanka are the teams in the first round.

The ICC also said that there will be two scheduled drinks intervals in every match of the men’s T20 World Cup, which will last for 2 minutes and 30 seconds and will be taken at the midpoint of each innings.

Also, for the first time ever, the Decision Review System (DRS) will also be used in a men’s T20 World Cup and each team will get a maximum of two reviews per innings in the match.

Earlier as per media reports, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) will be paid USD 7 million for hosting 39 games in the UAE while Oman Cricket (OC) will receive a hosting fee of USD 400,000 for hosting six first round games of the showpiece event.

On the other hand, according to a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) estimate, about which it informed its Apex Council members recently, the Indian board, the designated hosts of the T20 World Cup, will earn a revenue around USD 12 million from the showpiece event.

In a detailed email to the Apex Council members recently, the Indian board had said that of the USD 7 million fee to the ECB, USD 1.5 million is for hosting, USD 5.5 million is the cost for operation and USD 400,000 is the operational cost for the six games in Muscat.

The BCCI meanwhile, also informed the Apex Council that its own surplus will be USD 12 million.

Significantly, the showpiece event was slated to be held in India but was later shifted to the UAE due to the pandemic.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that considering the uncertainty due to the Covid-19 situation in the country, it was tough for them to take the decision of not holding it in India.

The BCCI will remain the hosts of the event, which will now be held across four venues – Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground.

BCCI likely to earn revenue around USD 12 million from upcoming T20 World Cup

The upcoming T20 World Cup is less than a month away, which will be hosted by United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman frm October 24.

As per a report, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) will be paid USD 7 million for hosting 39 games in the UAE while Oman Cricket (OC) will receive a hosting fee of USD 400,000 for hosting six first round games of the showpiece event.

On the other hand, according to a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) estimate, about which it informed its Apex Council members recently, the Indian board, the designated hosts of the T20 World Cup, will earn a revenue around USD 12 million from the showpiece event.

In a detailed email to the Apex Council members recently, the Indian board had said that of the USD 7 million fee to the ECB, USD 1.5 million is for hosting, USD 5.5 million is the cost for operation and USD 400,000 is the operational cost for the six games in Muscat.

The BCCI meanwhile, also informed the Apex Council that its own surplus will be USD 12 million.

The email, which has been accessed by Cricbuzz, states that: “The BCCI is hosting a major part of this event in UAE, i.e in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah. The BCCI is working with the ECB on similar lines. Some of the key pointer’s w.r.t BCCI’s arrangement with ECB is as follows:

1. BCCI is paying ECB a fixed fee of USD 1.5 million (from our host fee of USD 13.5 Million) and operational costs of USD 5.5 million which will be covered by ICC. Total fee payable is USD 7 millon.

2. All operational deliverables w.r.t ICC’s requirements will be provided by the ECB

3. BCCI has transferred its ticketing rights to the ECB and all revenues generated out of sale of match tickets will be retained by the ECB

4. A Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for delivery of this event has been constituted which mainly include staff from BCCI and a few staff from ECB.”

The email further said: “The BCCI is hosting 6 matches in Muscat. Some of the key pointer’s w.r.t BCCI’s arrangement with ECB is as follows:

1. BCCI is paying OC a fixed fee of USD 400,000.

2. All operational deliverables w.r.t ICC’s requirements will be provided by the OC

3. BCCI has transferred its ticketing rights to the OC and all revenues generated out of sale of match tickets will be retained by the OC.

4. The BCCI has deployed a team from its LOC in Muscat to oversee the preparation for the event.”

“The BCCI discussed the hosting issues with the ICC and had several rounds of deliberations internally. After much thought, it was decided that the safety of players and other stakeholders is of paramount importance and keeping that in mind, it was best to shift the event to the United Arab Emirates and Oman,” board’s secretary Jay Shah wrote in the email.

Earlier, the showpiece event was slated to be held in India but was later shifted to the UAE due to the pandemic.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that considering the uncertainty due to the COVID-19 situation in the country, it was tough for them to take the decision of not holding it in India.

The BCCI will remain the hosts of the event, which will now be held across four venues – Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground.

“The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 tournament in UAE and Oman,” Ganguly had said.

“We would have been happier hosting it in India but considering the uncertainty due to the Covid 19 situation and the importance of a world championship, the BCCI will now continue to host this tournament in UAE and Oman. The BCCI is looking forward to creating a spectacle,” he had added.

The upcoming edition will be the first Men’s T20 World Cup played since 2016, when West Indies beat England in the final in India.

Spectators likely to be allowed for IPL 2021 remainder

The spectators might be allowed for the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, scheduled to begin from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) general secretary Mubashir Usmani has said that the board will speak to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the UAE government for allowing crowds back to the stands during the second leg of the cash-rich league.

“As hosts, ECB will work closely with the authorities to seek approval on what protocols need to be followed — this includes fan attendance, we will then discuss it with the BCCI as well as the ICC to assess their spectator requirements. We want our ex-pat and Emirati sports-loving fans in the UAE to be able to watch the action from the stands,” he was quoted as saying by Gulf News.

Meanwhile, reports have also suggested that the UAE government has allowed 60 per cent capacity of the crowd in the stadium for the remaining IPL 2021 matches.

Notably, the remaining leg of IPL 14 will resume with a blockbluster contest between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 19.

As many as 31 matches, including qualifiers, will be played during 27 days.

Six teams, several international stars to feature in inaugural edition of UAE’s PLT20

UAE’s inaugural Premier League T20 (PLT20), a new six-team franchise-style league, will be played in January and February next year, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Monday.

The T20 league has been sanctioned by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of ECB.

As part of the announcement PLT20, also unveiled the tournament logo which is an ode to its home city – Dubai. The hallmark of the new league is that it will have highest number of international players in a squad. This unique aspect of the league will attract some of the biggest names in world cricket while also giving a platform and international exposure to upcoming players.

The logo fosters and exudes a patriotic fervour with the UAE’s national symbol – the majestic Falcon draped in UAE’s flag colours, which then symbolically intertwines with the unmistakable Cricket image – the powerful hit of a batsman. All the elements of the PLT20 logo are then encased by a shield; symbolizing pride, honour and strength which combine to create an unbreakable, uniting force of the United Arab Emirates – values which will underpin every aspect of the PLT20.

Commenting on the development, Khalid Al Zarooni, Premier League T20 Chairman said: “We believe we have created a logo that honours and reflects UAE’s culture as well as highlights our sporting prowess. We hope that this logo serves its intended purpose to unite, excite and generate a sense of pride throughout the cricket community – players and fans – across the world.”

Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Selection Committee Chairman, Emirates Cricket Board, said: “With PLT20, we are delighted that the UAE now has a series of cricket tournaments involving all major formats that will bring together the best of international players alongside national players.

“As UAE’s newest league begins charting new territory across the UAE and the region, we believe PLT20 has created an image that accurately depicts what represents the UAE, the League, what unites us and what is at the core of its vision. We are thrilled for PLT20 to unveil its brand identity,” he added.

Abu Dhabi govt. sets condition for allowing PSL 6 remainder in UAE

In a bid to complete the remaining games of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and to finalise the schedule, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will hold a meeting with the six franchises of the league on Wednesday evening today.

Although, the Abu Dhabi government had given a green signal to the PCB for holding the remainder of the tournament in its country, the major obstruction is reportedly one of the condition set by the host authorities.

As per reports, the Abu Dhabi government condition is that each and every person involved in the league – players, match officials, support staffs, broadcast and production crew should have been vaccinated against Covid-19, which is coming in as the major hurdle before PCB.

As these people come from various parts of the globe, the vaccination process in their respective countries are at different stages and in such a scenario, the conditions set by the Abu Dhabi government seems as a challenge before the PCB.

Moreover, travel restrictions have been put in place in the Abu Dhabi for flights from several countries, especially those coming from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and a majority of these people come from these countries.

Also, the remainder of the PSL 6 is due to resume on June 1 however, the 14-day quarantine period of the people involved in the tournament also remains another hurdle in the way. If the league would have to commence on June 1, the people should have begun their quarentine perios by now however, there isn’t such development happening.

In such a scenario, the PCB has asked the franchises and staffs to hold off currently.

With such hurdles on the way, it would now be interesting to see how the PCB overcomes the challenges, failing to which the sixth edition of the PSL could possibly be scrapped.