Knight Riders Group Acquires Abu Dhabi Franchise in UAE T20 League | Cricket News

Abu Dhabi: The Knight Riders Group announced on Thursday that it has acquired ownership and operating rights to the Abu Dhabi franchise and will establish Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (ADKR) as part of the upcoming UAE T20 League.

“For several years now, we have been expanding the Knight Riders brand globally and closely monitoring the potential of T20 cricket in the UAE. We are delighted to be part of the UAE T20 League, which will undoubtedly experience doubt a huge hit,” actor-producer Shah Rukh Khan, who fronts the band Knight Riders with actor Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta, said in an official release.

Knight Riders Group’s entry makes them the sixth team to own a team in the tournament and their fourth overall investment in a T20 league after the Indian Premier League (IPL), Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Major League Cricket (MLC).

“We are delighted with the association of the Knight Riders Group with the League as a franchise team owner, we are very confident that this association will be mutually beneficial for the Knight Riders brand and the League. The UAE T20 League will attract some of the biggest names in world cricket while providing a platform and international exposure for local and upcoming players,” said Mubashshir Usmani, Secretary General of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).

Other owners of UAE T20 League teams include Adani Group (which acquired a franchise just three days ago), Capri Global, Lancer Capital, Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited (owners of Mumbai Indians) and GMR Group (owners of Delhi Capitals).

“We feel fortunate to have been consistently recognized as a global brand in T20 cricket. As T20 cricket grows around the world, we are flattered by regular invitations to play a major role in the growth of the sport across We have had strong interest in developments in the UAE and our expansion is in line with our long-term strategy,” said Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR and Red Chillies Entertainment.

After establishing KKR in 2008 in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Knight Riders became the owners of Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in 2015. Recently, Knight Riders Group made a significant investment in the Major League. Cricket (MLC) in the United States and intends to establish a franchise in the greater Los Angeles area.

“The commitment to developing the T20 format and the expertise gained by the Knight Riders Group, through their involvement in franchise cricket across the globe, is unquestioned. We are exceptionally pleased with their foresight to join forces in the UAE T20 League and strongly believe will enhance the reputation and professionalism of the League throughout the cricketing community,” said Khalid Al Zarooni, President of the UAE T20 League.

The UAE T20 League will see six franchise teams face off in a 34-game event with the inaugural edition of the tournament scheduled for this year.

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