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Glazers of Man Utd acquires team in UAE T20 league

The Glazer Family, owners of Manchester United, on Wednesday confirmed of acquiring a franchise in the UAE T20 League, scheduled to start early next year.

They purchased a franchise in the six-team league through parent company Lancer Capital.

Commenting on the development, Avram Glazer, chairman of Lancer Capital said: “I am very excited to be a part of UAE T20 at its formation. UAE T20 promises to be a world-class event that will be transformative to the growth of cricket in the Emirates.”

On the other hand, Khalid Al Zarooni, UAE T20 League chairman, said, “I am very excited to welcome Mr. Glazer to the UAE T20 Family! To have a partner who has invested in sports properties with a long-term investment perspective is a testament to the strength of the UAE T20 League’s Business Model and its value proposition to its stakeholders and an ode to the UAE as the destination of choice for global sports events.”

Meanwhile, Mubashshir Usmani, general secretary of Emirates Cricket Board, said; “We are extremely pleased that a legendary sports owner like Avie Glazer has chosen to partner with the League. This is a resounding thumbs-up to the unique opportunity that the UAE T20 league offers to experienced and established sports business owners.”

“Our partnership with Lancer Capital will enable us to combine fans of the two widely followed sports – football and cricket – in a never done before manner,” he added.

Significantly, the T20 league is sanctioned by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the six-team league will kick off early next year, which will consist of 34 matches.

Apart from the Glazers, Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sidney Sixers are also expected to own teams in the league.

On November 24, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the parent company of Mumbai Indians, 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.

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.

Klusener not to renew contract with Afghanistan cricket team

Former South Africa cricketer Lance Klusener has decided not to renew his contract as the head coach of Afghanistan cricket team after his tenure ends on December 31.

The former South Africa all-rounder was first appointed as the head coach of the Afghan senior men’s cricket team in September 2019.

Issuing a statement, he said: “Having spent two years with the team, I will take away some memorable moments with me.”

“As I walk away from Afghanistan cricket team and its cricketing structure, I look forward to the next stage in my coaching career and opportunities it brings,” he added.

Klusener had taken over from Andy Moles, who was serving as the Afghanistan head coach after the exit of Phil Simmons following the 2019 World Cup in England. Later, Klusener’s contract was extended at the end of 2020.

“I am extremely excited and honored to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best talent in world cricket,” Klusener had said after his appointment in 2019.

“Everyone knows the fearless brand of cricket Afghanistan play. I am very confident that with some hard work we can become one of the best sides in the world,” he had added.

Notably, even as Afghanistan played very little cricket in the year 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it performed decently well in all formats under Klusener. Afghanistan won one Test, three out of six ODIs and nine out of the 14 T20Is, which includes series wins over West Indies and Ireland during Klusener’s tenure.

However, Afghanistan had a disappointing outing in the recently concluded T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman where they crashed out of the knockouts race after managing to win only two of their five Super 12s matches.

During his playing days, Klusener represented South Africa in 49 Tests and 171 ODIs between 1996 to 2004. He had amassed 1906 and 3576 runs in Tests and ODIs respectively beside bagging 80 and 192 wickets in the two formats.

The former South Africa all-rounder has previously worked as the batting coach of Zimbabwe and South Africa. He had also served as the head coach of the South Africa domestic side Dolphins, as well as bowling coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians, the most successful side in the history of the cash-rich league after winning five titles.

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).

IPL 2021: Last two matches before playoffs to be played concurrently, announces BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on tuesday announced that the last two matches before the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 playoffs will be played concurrently.

“In a first for the IPL, the last two league matches before the VIVO IPL 2021 Playoffs will be played concurrently,” a press release from BCCI read.

“On the last day of the league stage (08.10.2021) of the ongoing season, instead of having one afternoon match and one evening match, two matches (SRH v MI and RCB v DC) will be played simultaneously at 7.30 PM IST (6.00 PM GST),” the statement added.

The release also stated that information regarding “IPL Media Rights tender for the cycle 2023-2027 will be released immediately after the appointment of two new IPL teams which is scheduled to be announced on 25th October 2021″.

Notably, it will the first time that the last day of the league stage in IPL will have matches being played concurrently.

As per the earlier schedule, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were to face defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in an afternoon game at 3:30 PM IST in Abu Dhabi while the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was to take on last season’s runners-up Delhi Capitals (DC) at 7:30 PM IST Dubai.

However, now both the affairs will be held in the evening at 7:30 PM IST.

IPL 2021: Fans allowed to witness live action at stadiums

After a brief hiatus owing to Covid-19 situation, the upcoming second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season will allow fans to witness live action at the stadiums, the BCCI announced on Wednesday.

The 2021 season will resume with a blockbluster clash between five-time champions and current title holders Mumbai Indians (MI) taking on three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 19.

“Fans can buy tickets starting September 16 for the remainder of the tournament on the official website www.iplt20.com. Tickets can also be purchased on PlatinumList.net,” the league said in a statement.

“Matches will be played at Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi with limited seating available keeping in mind the Covid protocols and UAE government regulations,” it added.

Significantly, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg in May first week.

Later on May 29, the BCCI had announced that the remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) remaining matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the months of September-October.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” a statement from the Indian Cricket Board had said.

“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the board also spoke to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November.

“The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the statement had said further.

At present, Delhi Capitals (DC), the last season’s runners-up, is placed at the top of the IPL 2021 points table with six wins from eight games and 12 points in their kitty.

DC is followed by CSK, RCB and MI at the second, third and fourth place respectively.

The next four places are occupied by Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has managed just a solitary win from seven games it played in the first half.

With 380 runs, DC’s Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter in the tournament while RCB’s Harshal Patel tops the charts for leading wicket-takes after scalping 17 wickets from seven games so far.

A total of 31 matches, which are remaining in this year’s season, is slated to be completed with the final on October 15.

The playoffs will begin on October 10, with Qualifier 1 in Dubai, the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 in Sharjah on October 11 and 13, respectively.

While most of the players have already landed in the UAE, the remaining players are likley to reach within a couple of days as some of them were part of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 season while few others were participating in the Sri Lanka home series against South Africa in the island nation.

IPL 2021: RR announce Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas as replacements

Rajasthan Royals (RR) have announced the final set of their replacement players with the West Indian duo of Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas named as replacement players to join the squad for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) remainder, scheduled to be held in the UAE from September 19.

Left-handed opening batter from Trinidad and Tobago, Evin Lewis, will be a replacement for Jos Buttler.

Lewis, 29, had made his debut for West Indies during their 2016 World T20 campaign in India, and has 1318 runs to his name in 45 T20Is, at a strike rate of 158. The flamboyant batter has also scored 1847 runs for West Indies in 57 ODIs.

His blistering performances for the national side also led him to being picked up by the Mumbai Indians in 2018, for whom he scored 430 runs in 16 matches across 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Meanwhile, Jamaican right-arm pace bowler, Oshane Thomas, who is currently playing for the Barbados Royals in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be joining as a replacement for Ben Stokes in the Royals’ set-up.

Thomas, 24, had made his international debut in 2018, having faced India in a bilateral ODI and T20I series. Since then, Thomas, a recipient of West Indies’ Emerging Player of the Year Award in 2019, has picked up 27 wickets in 20 ODIs, and 19 wickets in 17 T20Is.

In the IPL, the fiery bowler has represented the Royals in 2019, picking up five wickets in four matches, and was with the franchise during the 2020 season in the UAE as well.

Earlier on Monday, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had announced Bengal cricketer Akash Deep as the replacement for all-rounder Washington Sundar, who was forced to be ruled out of the remainder of the IPL 2021 season.

The franchise said that Sundar had picked a finger injury in England.

In the recent times, various franchises have signed replacements for players, who will miss out the second leg of the IPL due to international commitments or injuries.

While the Virat kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have signed Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Hasaranga had bagged a total of seven wickets, including a four-wicket haul in the final T20I, in the recently held T20I series against India.

RCB also roped in Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Meanwhile, RR had earlier acquired Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England’s Jofra Archer while South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi has been signed to replace Andrew Tye.

Punjab Kings (PBKS) have roped in Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis for Riley Meredith and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid for Jhye Richardson.

On the other hand, KKR have snapped New Zealand’s Tim Southee, who will replace Australia’s Pat Cummins.

The 14th edition of the cash-rich league will resume with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 19.

The season was earlier forced to be postponed in May this year due to the emergence of Covid-19 cases among the players and support staffs inside the bio-bubble.

The BCCI had later, shifted the remaining part of the season to the UAE.

Star Sports launches resumption campaign for IPL 2021 remainder

Following a brief pause earlier this year, VIVO IPL 2021 returns to enthral viewers and fans with the best cricketing action. Star Sports, India’s leading sports broadcaster, kick-starts the celebrations ahead of the marquee tournament with their new campaign – ‘#AsliPictureAbhiBaakiHai’.

Through the aperture of VIVO IPL, the campaign channelises the anticipation of fans, awaiting to see their favourite teams battle it out for the playoffs and the title.

Speaking about the VIVO IPL 2021 resumption campaign, Sanjog Gupta, Head – Sports, Star and Disney India said: “There is a great deal of anticipation for the resumption of VIVO IPL 2021. Teams and players typically up the ante on the field, play top Cricket and are at their competitive best in the final weeks of VIVO IPL, which means fans can look forward to higher intensity, impossible heroics and nail-biting finishes in the month-long spectacle. And this is the proposition of our campaign – #AsliPictureAbhiBaakiHai. That, like a blockbuster, there are many twists and turns, highs and lows, thrills and spills in store.”

“So, whether you watched the first ‘half’ or not, the second half from September 19 is unmissable. Star & Disney India is also committed to continue delivering the most engaging and immersive broadcast of the tournament across TV & digital platforms. Multiple regional feeds, world class presentation, enhanced viewing experiences and technology innovations will delight millions of viewers,” he added.

A treat for diehard cricket fans, the campaign, conceptualized by the creative team of Star Sports, brings back the true spirit of India’s most loved tournament with its catchy tunes and funky colours.

‘Thala’ MS Dhoni’s jazzy entry, paired with an addictive jingle, sets the mood for ‘Asli Picture Abhi Baaki hai’ and exemplifies the spark and nostalgia that the IPL brings along.

Keeping in mind the nationwide fandom for the tournament, the campaign TVC will be released in multiple languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, and Malayalam. The return of the VIVO IPL has witnessed plenty of excitement from its vociferous fans and this time too, Star Sports promises to bring back the same thrill.

IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals to depart for the UAE on Saturday

The domestic players and the support staffs of the Delhi Capitals will reportedly leave for the UAE on Saturday for the remainder of the IPL 2021.

The domestic players and the supporting staff of the Delhi-based franchise had assembled in the national capital earlier this week and as per reports, each one of them have tested negative for Covid-19.

The players and supports staffs are currently in quarentine in Delhi. However, they all will be required to serve another week in quarantine after landing in the.

On the other hand, the international players of the franchise will join the team in the UAE after completing their respective international commitments.

Meanwhile, star DC batsman and former skipper Shreyas Iyer is already there in the Gulf.

Earlier this week, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had landed in the UAE.

The second leg of the cash-rich league, which was postponed in May due to Covid-19, will resume with a blockbluster clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on September 19.