A group of investors, including Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s India-born CEO, have partnered with the GMR Group, co-owner of the Delhi Capitals, to operate the Seattle Orcas team in Major League Cricket. The league will commence in July. Delhi Capitals’ expansion strategy in global cricket is quite evident. They already possess teams in men’s T20 leagues in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, as well as a team in the Women’s Premier League in India.
DELHI CAPITALS HAVE BOUGHT STAKE IN SEATTLE FRANCHISE
In July, Major League Cricket is going to launch. The team representing Seattle will be called the Seattle Orcas, named after the killer whales found in the region’s waters.
The Mumbai and Chennai, two of the Indian Premier League’s most successful teams, are also affiliated with this new league. So, this development indicates that the Indian Premier League is expanding its reach beyond India, as more and more IPL teams are investing in international cricket leagues.
“We see America as the new frontier for cricket’s growth globally. And the Pacific Northwest provides an incredible opportunity for us to bring the resources of GMR Sports to the region …”
said Kiran Gandhi, Delhi Capitals’ co-owner.
One of Delhi’s Indian Premier League rivals, the Kolkata Knight Riders, were among the initial investors in MLC. Further, KKR currently possess the Los Angeles franchise. They are constructing a 10,000-seat stadium in Southern California as well. Also, Mumbai Indians have purchased MLC’s New York franchise. Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings have joined forces with a local investor to obtain the Texas franchise, according to ESPNcricinfo. The Major League Cricket’s first edition, featuring six teams, will be held in Dallas from July 13-30. To sum up, the involvement of IPL teams in international T20 leagues is becoming increasingly apparent.
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