UAE's foray into South African cricket

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UAEs foray into South African cricket
Yahya Kazi, who represents Suhail Galadari (co-owner of franchise Benoni), with SA batsman Hashim Amla.

Dubai - Javed Afridi said on his official Twitter handle: "We are proud to be associated with South African city Benoni that encapsulates the soul of Zalmi "

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Published: Tue 20 Jun 2017, 10:49 PM

Last updated: Wed 21 Jun 2017, 8:38 PM

After a match-winning partnership, so to speak, in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Dubai's Suhail Abdullatif Galadari and Javed Afridi, owner of Peshawar Zalmi, have strengthened their relationship with another cricketing venture.
Their love and passion for cricket is well-known and the duo have come together again to buy the Benoni franchise in South Africa's newly-launched T20 Global League.
There were more than 150 Expressions of Interest (EOI) from around the world and the process, overseen by EY and Cricket South Africa (CSA), saw the Benoni team go to Suhail Galadari and Javed Afridi, at a star-studded event at The Bvlgari, London.
Khaleej Times is the media partner of Peshawar Zalmi, which won the 2017 PSL title after defeating Quetta Gladiators in Lahore in March. "The world league is going to change the future of this game. It's a great opportunity to be part of the South African cricket circuit," Yahya Kazi, who represents Suhail Galadari, co-owner of the Benoni franchise, said.
"Both Mr Suhail Galadari and Mr Javed Afridi, who have bought the Benoni franchise, are passionate about cricket and understand the impact it has on all sections of society.
"The new initiative will help increase global interest in South African cricket, and attract other big sponsors into the game," Kazi added.
Meanwhile, Javed Afridi said on his official twitter handle: "We are proud to be associated with South African city Benoni that encapsulates the soul of Zalmi. "
South African left-hander Quinton de Kock is Benoni's marquee player.
Among the other seven franchises, Cape Town was purchased by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, who also owns the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL), while Durban was bought by Lahore Qalandars owner Fawad Rana.
The GMR Group, who owns the Delhi Daredevils in IPL, bought Johannesburg, while Dubai-based Ajay Sethi bought Port Elizabeth. The other teams in the fray are Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Stellenbosch.
The player draft will be held on August 19. T20 globetrotters Kevin Pietersen, Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum, apart from England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy, have already signed up for the League.
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