Knight Riders Group has acquired the rights to personal and function the Abu Dhabi franchise within the UAE’s T20 League. As part of the partnership, it would arrange Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (ADKR) as an integral a part of the T20 league.
The dedication to develop the T20 format by the Knight Riders Group, via its involvement in franchise cricket internationally, is undisputed, Khalid Al Zarooni, chairman, UAE’s T20 League, mentioned. “We acknowledge its foresight to join forces with the UAE’s T20 League and firmly believe it will elevate the reputation, and professionalism of the league throughout the cricket community,” he added.
Recently, the Knight Riders Group made an funding in Major League Cricket (MLC) within the USA and intends to arrange a franchise within the larger Los Angeles space. This funding by the Knight Riders Group, which was led by actor Shah Rukh Khan, together with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta, goals to determine its fourth T20 franchise world wide in Indian Premier League (IPL), Caribbean Premier League (CPL), MLC and now in UAE’s T20 league. “For several years now, we have been expanding the Knight Riders brand globally and watching the potential for T20 cricket in the UAE. We are looking forward to becoming part of UAE’s T20 League,” Khan highlighted.
For Mubashshir Usmani, common secretary, Emirates Cricket Board, this affiliation shall be mutually helpful for each the Knight Riders model and the league. “UAE’s T20 League will attract some of the biggest names in the world of cricket while also giving a platform and international exposure to local and upcoming players,” he said.
“As T20 cricket expands around the world, we have had a keen interest in the developments in the UAE and our expansion is consistent with our long-term strategy,” Venky Mysore, CEO, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Red Chillies Entertainment, opined.
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