Mukesh Ambani-owned Mumbai Indians have released the names of their new franchises for the newly inducted T20 leagues in UAE and South Africa.
They have named MI Emirates for the UAE team and MI Cape Town for the South Africa league.
Mumbai is the most successful club in IPL, with five trophies. Thus, they further revealed that the new teams would don the iconic blue and gold colors of Mumbai Indians.
Both the leagues are slated to commence early next year. Three IPL franchises, including Mumbai Indians, won the ownership right for the UAE league, while IPL franchises own all six teams in CSA’s new league.
The franchise posted the news on its website and explained the logic behind the name.
It read that ‘MI’ phonetically sounds like ‘MY’. Thus, the team’s name sounds like ‘ MY Emirates or Cape Town.’
Nita Ambani, Director of Reliance Industries, expressed her pleasure over going global and said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome ‘MI Emirates’ & ‘MI Cape Town’, the newest additions to our #Onefamily. For us, MI goes beyond cricket. It embodies the ability to dream, be fearless and foster a positive attitude. I am sure that the MI Emirates and MI Cape Town will embrace the same ethos and take MI’s global cricket legacy to even greater heights.”