IPL aspect Delhi Capitals has joined fingers with Microsoft chief government officer Satya Nadella to personal and “operate” the Seattle franchise within the Major League Cricket (MLC), a brand new T20 franchise league within the USA. The staff has been named Seattle Orcas. Orca is a killer whale discovered within the ocean round Seattle. The league is scheduled to be launched this July. IPL’s most profitable groups — Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings — are additionally related to the brand new league.
“Delhi Capitals’ co-owner GMR Group will partner with Seattle Orcas to help build and operate a world class cricket team,” the MLC mentioned in a launch.
“The Delhi Capitals have competed in the IPL since 2008 (originally as the Delhi Daredevils), with six playoff appearances and a first-place finish in the 2021 regular season standings.” The Seattle Orcas’ lead investor group contains Nadella (Chairman & CEO of Microsoft), Soma Somasegar (Managing Director of Madrona Ventures), Samir Bodas (Co-founder and CEO, Icertis), Ashok Krishnamurthi (Managing Partner, GreatPoint Ventures) and Sanjay Parthasarathy (former senior government at Microsoft and Avalara).
“We are super excited to bring world class cricket to the Pacific Northwest, which has a vibrant and passionate community of cricket and sports fans. The Orcas name and the team’s colors pay tribute to our local community that has helped build that spirit of support,” mentioned Somasegar.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Delhi Capitals’ Co-Owner GMR Group to help us launch with the strongest possible team this summer.” Kolkata Knight Riders was the primary IPL staff to enter the MLC circuit once they took cost of the Los Angeles franchise.
“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 and help the Seattle Orcas build a team competing for championships,” mentioned Kiran Kumar Grandhi, Managing Director and CEO of GMR Group, a Co-Owner of Delhi Capitals.
In the league the ultimate of which is scheduled for July 30, Seattle Orcas will be part of groups representing Texas, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. PTI AH AH APA APA
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