Six big names from T20 leagues across the globe, including Mumbai Indians Shah Rukh Khan’s Knight Riders, are set to join hands in the upcoming Emirates T20 League in January next year, The Times of India reported on Friday. The six-team league is the brainchild of former IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman.
It is being managed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) with the backing of the head of the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Social Development, Sheikh Al Nahyan.
The Glazer family, who owns Manchester United in the English Premier League, will invest in the new T20 league.
Delhi Capitals co-owner Kiran Kumar Gandhi has also shown interest.
Industry executives sounded confident about the prospects of the league. They told TOI:
“January’s 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’ve seen during the last two IPLs and the recent T20 World Cup that were played there.”