Manchester United co-chairman Avram Glazer acquires franchise in UAE T20 League

The T20 tournament has been recently sanctioned by the Emirates Cricket Board.

The Premier League club, Manchester United’s co-chairman Avram Glazer has acquired a team in the new T20 Cricket League in the United Arab Emirates.

The famous Glazer family, who are also the owners of the 2020 Super Bowl winners Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have finalised the deal of gaining rights to one of the six teams of the UAE T20 League.

A member of the Glazer family was also present among the many bidders who participated during the unveiling of the two new Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises. Although they failed to acquire a team, their intentions and interest in cricket were certainly publicised.

In a statement, Glazer said, “I am very excited to be a part of UAE T20 at its formation. UAE T20 promises to be a world-class event that will be transformative to the growth of cricket in the Emirates.”

Khalid Al Zarooni, UAE T20 League chairman, said, “I am very excited to welcome Mr Glazer to the UAE T20 Family! To have a partner who has invested in sports properties with a long-term investment perspective is a testament to the strength of the UAE T20 League’s Business Model and its value proposition to its stakeholders and an ode to the UAE as the destination of choice for global sports events.”

With this signing, the Glazer family has joined the Shah Rukh Khan owned Kolkata Knight Riders, Reliance Industries owned Mumbai Indians and GMR-owned Delhi Capitals, who are also a part of this newly formed league.

The T20 tournament has been recently sanctioned by the Emirates Cricket Board and will be held for the first time in February and March 2022.

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