Pakistani Franchise Owner in US Hopes To Ignite Passion For Cricket With First-Ever T10 League

Pakistani Franchise Owner in US Hopes To Ignite Passion For Cricket With First-Ever T10 League
Muhammad Kamran Awan, a Pakistan-origin entrepreneur and co-owner of the New York Warrior cricket franchise, has pledged to establish a flourishing cricket brand in America's first-ever T10 league.

Awan is dedicated to propelling the team to unprecedented success in the American cricketing landscape, reflecting his dedication to promoting cricket as a prominent sport in the United States.

A group of trailblazing entrepreneurs, including Pakistani businessman Awan, along with Husnain Bajwa and two Indian-origin entrepreneurs, Preet Kamal and Gurmeet Singh, have created history by acquiring the New York Warriors cricket franchise in America's inaugural T10 league.

The first-ever T-Ten Global Sports, US Master T10 League, is set to commence in the Broward County Stadium in Florida on August 18. The inaugural league will see six teams compete, including Atlanta Fire, California Knights, Morrisville Unity, New Jersey Legends, New York Warriors, and the Texas Chargers. They will feature an exciting mix of retired cricketing legends.
Viewers can expect to be enthralled by the captivating event.

The league's exciting action will culminate in a grand final, which will be played on August 27.

T10 cricket, also referred to as Ten10 cricket, is a shortened version of the game. In this format, two teams engage in a single innings, restricted to ten overs (60 legal balls) per side, making the game typically last around 90 minutes. The T10 League in the United Arab Emirates introduced this format during its opening season in December 2017.

The T10 format has gained immense popularity in the USA, attracting legendary former cricketers to compete.

Who's who to play in the league

American shores have been excited at the prospect of welcoming legendary Pakistani and Indian cricketers in the T-Ten Global Sports, US Master T10 League.

Stars such as renowned players like Shahid Afridi, Misbah Ul Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Robin Peterson, Jerome Taylor, among other renowned legendary players.

These renowned retired Indian and Pakistani superstar cricketers will showcase their skills in this highly anticipated T10 competition, Muhammad Kamran Awan said in an interview.

The New York Warriors cricket franchise, he said, is backed by a group of owners who have been residing in the US for over two decades. Awan said they aim to promote cricket, create growth opportunities for international players in the US sports market, and unite enthusiasts from both nations.

He went on: "We have fully embraced the world of sports, with a special focus on cricket. Driven by our enthusiasm, we have ventured into team ownership with the primary objective of fostering cricket's growth in the US, a nation that has already witnessed remarkable achievements in the sport."

He added that this initiative "promotes cricket, cultural exchange, and growth opportunities for international players in the American sports market."

" The primary objective is to connect Pakistani cricket fans to their heritage and ignite a passion for cricket in the US, with the goal of featuring the sport on American sports channels. Our strategy involves leveraging televised broadcasts and adopting a streamlined approach to reach a wider audience. We aim to build a thriving cricket brand in the country."

Awan said he is determined to build a strong and successful cricket brand, bringing the passion for the sport to the US. His ultimate goal is to see cricket featured on American sports channels, allowing the American public to enjoy the game on their television screens.

Beyond cricket promotion, Muhammad Kamran Awan's endeavours extend to fostering cultural exchange, with his co-owners actively supporting talented Pakistani cricketers to showcase their skills on the international stage.

"We have adopted a visionary and determined approach that plays a crucial role in shaping Pakistan's cricketing achievements in the United States."

Since childhood, Awan's deep-rooted passion for cricket has driven him to bring the sport into American homes. He aspires to popularize cricket across America through the franchise and create a favourite pastime. Additionally, this initiative opens doors for growth and publicity opportunities for international cricketers worldwide, making it a mutually beneficial endeavour in the vast American sports market.

Their collective ambition is to propel the team to great success in the realm of American cricket, promoting the sport and creating ample growth opportunities for international players within the American sports market.

Despite the arduous task of arranging the cricket league, Awan, with leadership from former Pakistan National Cricket Team Captain Misbah Ul Haq and coach Ijaz Ahmed, has formed a strong foundation for the team.
He said: "We have focused on building a formidable team with solid batting options, but we acknowledge that the bowling lineup needs further attention."