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With Dynamic Squad, Adani’s Gulf Giants Hoping to Build Fan Base in UAE During ILT20, Says CP Rizwan

DUBAI: The T20 format has taken cricket by storm over the last decade and more, and the juggernaut has no plans of slowing down either.

The focus turns to the UAE with the ILT20, where the Adani’s Gulf Giants will be looking to make a big splash beginning 13th January.

More often than not, the big names from the traditionally strong cricketing countries steal the limelight, however, Adani’s Gulf Giants are putting their faith and backing in players from the UAE. Picking up the baton first is CP Rizwan, the captain of the UAE cricket team, who is raring to go.

“To work with an experienced person like Andy Flower, it is a great honour for us, and in terms of the squad, we have a good combination of dynamic, explosive, experienced and classy players. The likes of Shimron Hetmyer, James Vince and Chris Lynn can all destroy teams single-handedly on their day. We can’t wait to hit the ground and produce the goods,” Rizwan said.

When asked about who are the players he is most looking forward to work with in Adani’s Gulf Giants’ squad, Rizwan said, “James Vince, he has played franchise cricket all over the world, Chris Lynn, a power house in T20 cricket, and Shimron Hetmyer to name a few. Then there is also David Wiese, who is very experienced. This is an exciting squad and working along side them and testing ourselves in tough conditions will help us grow as players.”

Among the more popular sports in the Asian continent and across the globe, cricket, according to Rizwan is a big source of joy for everyone in the UAE. “In the UAE, people love cricket a lot, the IPL, the India-Pakistan games, and Adani’s Gulf Giants have genuine crowd pullers like Lynn, Hetmyer and Vince. And I am sure, together we will provide the people with some great evenings and go on to build a fan base for the Gulf Giants as well.”

The ILT20 is the first T20 tournament of the kind in the UAE, and Rizwan is gung-ho about this. “This is an opportunity for us UAE players to showcase our talent, rather than a challenge due to the presence of the international stars. We want to make use of this chance and express ourselves and entertain our fans. This is our chance to say to the world that we belong to the elite level.”

Looking ahead to the tournament, Rizwan said, “The Adani franchises are among the best in whatever sport they enter. And here with the Gulf Giants, we want to make a mark and our team’s culture and work ethic will hopefully help us do the best we can. The management wants the best for us and we will work together in one direction.”

Gulf Giants squad: James Vince (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Jordan, Chris Lynn, Tom Banton, Dominic Drakes, David Wiese, Liam Dawson, Jamie Overton, Qais Ahmad, Richard Gleeson, Ollie Pope, Rehan Ahmed, CP Rizwan, Aayan Afzal Khan, Sanchit Sharma, and Ashwanth Valthappa

About Adani Sportsline

Adani Sportsline is the sports arm of the diversified Adani Group, which has presence in ports, logistics, energy, utility, infrastructure, electric power generation and transmission, mining, airport operations, natural gas, and food processing.

Formed in 2019, Adani Sportsline has an overarching philosophy to inculcate a culture of sports at the grassroots level and create globally competitive opportunities for future champions in India. In line with the group’s vision of nation-building, the company aims to build a world-class ecosystem that nurtures sporting talent, accelerates the sports economy and plays the role of an enabler in India’s journey to become a leading sporting nation.

About Gulf Giants

‘Gulf Giants’ is an extension of Adani Sportsline’s brand – Gujarat Giants. It aims to engage and connect with cricket fans worldwide through the brand, ‘Gulf Giants’, at the UAEILT20. The word ‘Gulf’ in the name refers to the region in which the matches will be played.

The golden falcon in the logo is the national bird of the UAE that has a rich culture and history and is regarded as a powerful symbol of strength. To maintain the uniformity of the team’s identity, the logo’s colours are drawn from the Giants team family.

Adani Sportsline announced its team for the UAE’s International League T20 as ‘Gulf Giants’ in July 2022. The team plays under the able guidance of its Head Coach Andy Flower, former Zimbabwe captain and 2010 ICC World T20-winning coach (England team).

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