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    New UAE franchise T20 league set for launch in January 2022 - Challenge to PSL?

    The UAE’s new Twenty20 franchise league will start in January 2022.

    The Emirates Cricket Board have confirmed the new, six-team competition will be known as the Premier League T20.

    They say it will involve “some of the biggest names in world cricket while also giving a platform and international exposure to upcoming players”.

    The tournament is likely to have competition for players of global renown. The Pakistan Super League is reportedly targeting a January-February window for its next season.

    However, it is understood the new competition is set to offer salaries to compete with any of the sport's major leagues, possibly with the involvement of Indian Premier League owners.

    It is the latest addition to a packed calendar for cricket in the Emirates for the coming season.

    The postponed 2021 IPL season will be played to its climax between September and October of this year.

    Just days after the IPL final, which will be played at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday, October 15, the T20 World Cup is set to start.

    That global tournament will be played across four venues – the three established UAE grounds in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai, plus Al Amerat in Oman.

    Currently, the Abu Dhabi T10 is scheduled to take place shortly after the World T20 conclusion, across 15 days in November and December.

    According to Dr Tayab Kamali, the ECB’s selection committee chairman, the deluge of high-profile cricket tournaments will only serve to benefit UAE cricketers.

    “With PLT20, we are delighted that the UAE now has a series of cricket tournaments involving all major formats that will bring together the best of international players alongside national players,” Dr Tayab said.

    A T20 franchise competition for the Emirates has been mooted for some years.

    A number of the world’s leading players, such as Eoin Morgan, AB de Villiers and Andre Russell, had been recruited to play in a competition that was due to be known as the “UAE T20x” in December 2018.

    That was cancelled a month before it was due to start, when only two of five planned franchises were purchased.

    However, the ECB revised their plans and discussed launching a new franchise tournament in 2020, only for that to prove unfeasible because of Covid-19.

    Now, though, plans are advanced to the point they have announced the window in the calendar when they plan to start, and have revealed the competition’s logo, too.

    “We hope that this logo serves its intended purpose to unite, excite and generate a sense of pride throughout the cricket community – players and fans – across the world,” Khalid Al Zarooni, the league’s chairman, said.

    https://www.thenationalnews.com/spor...-january-2022/


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    The owners of Manchester United football club, a Big Bash League (BBL) team, and three franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have joined the newly-introduced Emirates T20 League, Times of India reported.

    The franchises of the six-team tournament that will kick off next year are owned by the Glazer family of Man United, the owners of Sydney Sixers (BBL), Shah Rukh Khan of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Ambani family of Mumbai Indians, GMR Group of Delhi Capitals, and a financial services company Capri Global.

    The league, run by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), was initially proposed in 2019 but was pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic.

    However, it is now expected to commence early next year, tentatively in January.

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    The report suggests that the ECB is close to signing a broadcast deal soon, after which the schedule for the drafts and the league will be finalised.

    “January is 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 have seen in the recently-concluded T20 World Cup,” said an industry expert tracking developments.

    As per Times of India, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were also interested in the league initially, however, they backed out at the last moment, to be filled in by Delhi Capitals.

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    Meanwhile, the Glazers and the Capri Global had both submitted bids for the recently-auctioned two IPL franchises, but fell short by “a few hundred crores.”

    The ‘desert league’ as one organiser called it, will work on a unique business model that will see “franchises invest on an annual basis and work on substantial returns as part of sponsorship and broadcast deals”, according to TOI.

    https://www.brecorder.com/news/40134...tes-t20-league


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    The owners of Manchester United football club, a Big Bash League (BBL) team, and three franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have joined the newly-introduced Emirates T20 League, Times of India reported.

    The franchises of the six-team tournament that will kick off next year are owned by the Glazer family of Man United, the owners of Sydney Sixers (BBL), Shah Rukh Khan of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Ambani family of Mumbai Indians, GMR Group of Delhi Capitals, and a financial services company Capri Global.

    The league, run by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), was initially proposed in 2019 but was pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic.

    However, it is now expected to commence early next year, tentatively in January.

    Australia skipper Paine steps down after texting scandal

    The report suggests that the ECB is close to signing a broadcast deal soon, after which the schedule for the drafts and the league will be finalised.

    “January is 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 have seen in the recently-concluded T20 World Cup,” said an industry expert tracking developments.

    As per Times of India, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were also interested in the league initially, however, they backed out at the last moment, to be filled in by Delhi Capitals.

    South Africa's AB de Villiers announces retirement from all cricket

    Meanwhile, the Glazers and the Capri Global had both submitted bids for the recently-auctioned two IPL franchises, but fell short by “a few hundred crores.”

    The ‘desert league’ as one organiser called it, will work on a unique business model that will see “franchises invest on an annual basis and work on substantial returns as part of sponsorship and broadcast deals”, according to TOI.

    https://www.brecorder.com/news/40134...tes-t20-league
    In January! Again trying to cut through PSL.
    BCCI doing everything it can to hurt leagues in Pak, from sending emails to the foreigners to not participate in the KPL, to starting MSL (Masters league) just when PSL was started to this, and others things too recently.

    They want to kill the competition neck and crop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyRabbit View Post
    T20 was fine especially at the domestic level. But after the first wt20, other boards went in its favor as well due to the massive financial incentives. Not to forget, IPL was started to sort of contain the rival ICL and every board threw their support behind BCCI cause their players were signing with ICL.
    T20 was already played at u19 level way in Pak way before England introduced it as a tournament.

    The other gimmicky formats they have been trying to create are now just pushing it. T10, 3TC and now the hundred and the 9090.
    Hundred is such a stupid idea though and there isn't much difference between t20 and a 100 match in terms of reducing the time for a game either. Don't see it taking off well.
    what is 3TC?

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    That involvement will also bring with it the prospect of enhanced financial status, with a mooted salary cap of "not less than USD $1.5 million,"
    This will be some money and if it takes off, IPL and PSL will have tough time attracting top talent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyRabbit View Post
    The Circus continues. More opportunities for the bookies.
    Well psl and ipl are part of that circus

    If one country can have their league why not the other?
    This is the future of cricket, whether anyone likes it or not. And it will be through leagues the sport will expand. International cricket was a failiure, atleast these leagues gets local players to rub shoulders with foreingers and make the sport abit interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoshiarpurexpress View Post
    That involvement will also bring with it the prospect of enhanced financial status, with a mooted salary cap of "not less than USD $1.5 million,"
    This will be some money and if it takes off, IPL and PSL will have tough time attracting top talent.
    IPL Salary Cap for upcoming season is 12mn+ So not really a threat for IPL.

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    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 cricket business will now include two cricket clubs in addition to their other cricket related initiatives including sponsorship, consultancy, broadcast, and talent management.

    RIL through Mumbai Indians is amongst the eight founding members of the IPL and over the years has evolved as the most successful cricket club both on-and-off the field. The deal will see UAE’s T20 League benefit from the company’s commercial and cricket know-how, promising a new and exciting brand of cricket for the Emiratis along with the best learnings, experiences, and entertainment.

    Chairman of the UAE T20 League and vice chairman ECB Mr. Khalid Al Zarooni feels 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,” says Mr 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.

    Commenting on the occasion, Mrs. 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.”

    Mr. Akash Ambani, owner of Mumbai Indians believes that the UAE T20 League presents a unique opportunity to build on existing global partnerships and benefit the growth of cricket in UAE.

    Says Mr. Akash Ambani: “We are extremely proud to have created a global franchise in Mumbai Indians, integrated with high values and ethos and our contribution to the Indian cricket ecosystem. We are equally confident of shaping another successful brand in the UAE and bring in our experiences to benefits the growth of cricket in the UAE.”

    Mr. Mubashshir Usmani, General Secretary ECB said: “The trust being shown by prominent business houses in the UAE T20 League is extremely encouraging. We are pleased with RIL’s association with the League as a franchise team owner. Having seen the professionalism in the operations of Mumbai Indians in the IPL, their success in putting together the most successful team in franchise cricket and the passion with which they pursue their goals, we are very confident that this association will be mutually beneficial for both RIL and the League and will support cricket development in UAE.”

    UAE T20 League sanctioned by Emirates Cricket Board will be held annually. For the initial few years, the League will feature 6 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.

    Having RIL on board to the UAE T20 League is the first in a series of other important announcements about the League to be made in the upcoming days
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    PSL management better get their skates on if they wish to stay ahead of the competition.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    PSL management better get their skates on if they wish to stay ahead of the competition.
    Ramiz mentioned he wants a new PSL Window i.e. the Summers and wants to diversify and hold the competition in the cooler areas of Pakistan like Quetta, Gilgit Baltistan, Abbottabad e.t.c. They definately need to increase the Salary Caps and find ways to pump money into the PSL.

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    Looks like PSL will now have associate players as their foreign players if both the leagues overlap each other.

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    Things rich people do for their kids, zoos to buying clubs lol or building entire wrestling federation.

    In all honesty was there even a need for this league? I wish they bring back the Champions league rather, was much for fun.

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    There was always going to be a plan to rival the PSL in terms of timings and this will be it.

    We'll see who the real friends of Pakistan cricket and PSL are when those players are offered a few more dollars at this league.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    There was always going to be a plan to rival the PSL in terms of timings and this will be it.

    We'll see who the real friends of Pakistan cricket and PSL are when those players are offered a few more dollars at this league.
    Yep, will be very tough for PSL to compete if this league is held at the same time.

    PSL will need to find a new window, at the very least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    There was always going to be a plan to rival the PSL in terms of timings and this will be it.

    We'll see who the real friends of Pakistan cricket and PSL are when those players are offered a few more dollars at this league.
    We have now had 6 PSL seasons, has it ever occurred to the PCB that the PSL was competing very heavily against the BPL, BBL and being held right before the IPL meant that the big IPL names will not risk injury and losing out on life changing sums of money a few days before the IPL. The PCB should have worked over drive to find a new window a long time ago, they are always content playing catch up

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