Emirates T20 League – Mini IPL in UAE: The Emirates Cricket Board is ready to unveil ‘MINI-IPL’ of sort in UAE. Most of the teams in Emirates T20 League are bought by promoters having direct connect with the IPL franchises. According to a report by TOI, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals – all have bought teams in 6 team franchsie league ready to be launched in January 2022.
Emirates T20 League: Mumbai Indians, KKR buy teams as new T20 league in UAE set to be unveiled in 2022
Mini IPL in UAE: The report claims that multiple time IPL champions Mumbai Indians, Sharukh Khan’s Knight Riders franchsie, Kiran Kumar Gandi who owns 50% of Delhi Capitals have bought teams in Emirates T20 League.
The organizers also made efforts to rope in Chennai Super Kings but things could not work out & at the last minute CSK decide to stay away from the league.
The IPL connect for the Emirates League doesn’t end there. Even some of the other owners named in the report have connect with IPL.
Team Owners in Emirates T20 League & IPL Connect
- Mumbai Indians
- Knight Riders franchsie owned by Shahrukh Khan & KKR
- Kiran Kumar Gandhi – 50% ownership of Delhi Capitals
- Capri Global – Recently they placed a unsuccesful bid for IPL TEAM
- Glazer Family – Manchester United owners also had recently bidded for IPL Team
- Sydney Sixers – Big Bash League team buys Emirates T20 Team
Other IPL connect for Emirates T20 comes from the fact that league is conceptualised by none other than former CEO of IPL Sundar Raman. The league will be owned by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and is duly approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The Glazer family that owns and runs the Manchester United football club may have fallen short of a few thousand crores in their attempt to buy an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise last month but that isn’t stopping them from making a foray into the cricketing world.
According to the report, league is likely to start in January 2022 & the owners of the league will be unveiled officially very soon.
Will Indian Players Play in Emirates T20 League? Till date BCCI hasn’t allowed any of their current cricketers to play in any T20 / T10 league globally. But all that can change with Emirates T20.
BCCI now shares great bond & relationship with ECB. ECB has hosted last two IPL’s (IPL 2020 & IPL 2021 2nd Phase) & recently concluded T20 World Cup on behalf of BCCI in UAE.
ECB is confident that BCCI will allow some of their players to play in their league. Moreover teams like Mumbai Indians & KKR joining the bandwagon will mean BCCI’s blessings this time will not be hard to come by.