Man Utd's Glazer buys T20 franchise in new UAE league

Branching into cricket - Manchester United's US co-chairman Avram Glazer (L)

Branching into cricket - Manchester United's US co-chairman Avram Glazer (L) Creator: Oli SCARFF

Manchester United co-chairman Avram Glazer has acquired a franchise for a new T20 professional cricket league in the United Arab Emirates, organisers announced on Wednesday.

Glazer, also an owner of NFL Super Bowl winners Tampa Bay Buccaneers, completed the purchase in his role as chairman of private equity firm Lancer Capital.

The UAE T20 League is a professional six-team competition sanctioned by the Emirates Cricket Board which is set to take place for the first time in February and March 2022.

Wednesday's announcement comes after the Glazer family were outbid in their attempt to buy one of the two new franchises in the money-spinning Indian Premier League -- the forerunner of all current global T20 franchise cricket events.

"I am very excited to be a part of UAE T20 at its formation," Avram Glazer said. 

"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 and vice-chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, added: "I am very excited to welcome Mr Glazer to the UAE T20 Family.

"To have a partner who has invested into sports properties with a long-term perspective is a testament to the strength of the UAE T20 League's business model and its value proposition to fans and its stakeholders, and an ode to the UAE as the destination of choice for global sports events."

The names of the franchises have yet to be announced.

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