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Shah Rukh’s Knight Riders acquire Abu Dhabi franchise in UAE T20 league – News

ByStephanie M. Akbar

May 12, 2022

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Published: Thu 12 May 2022, 14:16

Last update: Thu 12 May 2022, 14:33

The UAE T20 League announced on Thursday that Knight Riders Group has acquired ownership and operating rights to the Abu Dhabi franchise and will create Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (ADKR) as an integral part of the event. Lighthouse.

Over the past decade, the Knight Riders Group have become a household name in T20 cricket. After establishing Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2008 in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Knight Riders became owners of Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in 2015. Recently, the Knight Riders group has created a significant investment in Major League Cricket (MLC) in the United States and intends to establish a franchise in the greater Los Angeles area.

Led by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan along with Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta, the group’s new investment will establish its fourth T20 franchise globally in IPL, CPL, MLC and now the UAE T20 league. , according to a statement released today. .

Commenting on the long-term deal, Khan said: “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 League. UAE’s T20, which will no doubt be hugely successful.”

Khalid Al Zarooni, President of the UAE T20 League, said; “The commitment to developing the T20 format and the expertise gained by the Knight Riders group, through their involvement in franchise cricket around the world, is undisputed.”

Mubashshir Usmani, Secretary General of the Emirates Cricket Board said; “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.”


Mr. Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR and Red Chillies Entertainment, said: “As T20 cricket grows around the world, we are flattered by the regular invitations to play a major role in the growth of the sport across the world.

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