Indian firm acquires T-20 team in Hong Kong
Global India Investigator (GII), an international publication from Hong Kong for the Indian Diaspora across the world, has won the bid for one of Hong Kong’s four T-20 cricket teams. GII and Galaxy Impax Ltd made the bid jointly for owning the franchise. Hong Kong Cricket Association has awarded the franchise of Lantau Islands team to GII-Galaxy. An agreement to this effect was signed between HKCA Marketing and Commercial Director Max Abbott and GII-Galaxy Director Suresh Khandelwal on Monday.
“The four teams that will compete in the inaugural Hong Kong T20 Blitz have been revealed following a successful auctioning off of the franchises”, announced Abbott before the media. He said, “Rude Bar Island Warriors, Kowloon Cantons, Hung Hom JD Jaguars and GII Lantau Galaxy Riders were the names chosen by their respective owners to compete in the tournament run by the Hong Kong Cricket Association on 28th and 29th of May. The four teams will play each other once with the final to be held on the Sunday afternoon on the 29th of May”.
The Island Warriors are run by the owners of a sports bar (Rude Bar Stock Exchange) in Wyndham St and placed the top bid in the silent auction that will earn the franchise first pick in the player draft. “The format of cricket is tried and tested which always attracts a lot of people,” Warriors marketing manager Amanda Folcarelli said. “By starting this in Hong Kong it will put the region a step closer to the global cricket world and help the development of its young players. We as a business will also gain lots of untapped clients from the HK cricket fraternity which is good for us too”, added Flocarelli.