Mumbai Indians owners unveil names of their franchises in the UAE, South African league

MI Emirates (UAE) and MI Cape Town (SA) will don the iconic blue and gold jersey in the upcoming tournaments.

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Mumbai Indians, owned by Reliance Industries Limited, has released the names of the newly acquired franchises in the UAE and SA T20 leagues. In an official announcement, they unveiled the names, which are MI Emirates (UAE) and MI Cape Town (SA), and the teams will be donning the iconic blue and gold jersey in the upcoming tournaments.

IPL recently made the headlines after the franchises of the cash-rich league spread their wings to the global leagues, by acquiring multiple teams in different domestic tournaments across the globe. The record five-time IPL winners, Mumbai Indians are one of the teams to have acquired teams in the recently inaugurated UAE’s International League T20 and Cricket South Africa T20 League.

Notably, both teams will have Mumbai Indians (MI) in their names, as the team in the UAE-based league has been named the MI Emirateswhile the acquisition in the South Africa-based league is titled MI Cape Town. Nita Ambani, Director of Reliance Industries, expressed her pleasure in the acquisitions and stated that the goal of the franchise is to foster a fearless and positive attitude that goes beyond cricket.

Reliance Industries are making great strides in the sports sector

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 in life. I am sure that both the MI Emirates and MI Cape Town will embrace the same ethos and take MI’s global cricket legacy to even greater heights,” Nita Ambani said in an official statement via the Mumbai Indians website. 

Reliance Industries are one of the leading conglomerates in the world and are growing rapidly in the sports arena by acquiring multiple teams across different sports as they aim to galvanize the sporting ecosystem in India. Apart from unveiling the identities of the new additions, they also revealed the social media accounts of both teams, which are now active.