The franchising process of the UAE T20 League commenced with one of the six teams rights being acquired by GMR group.
The UAE T20 League to be held in is a professional franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament was established in 2020.
GMR Sports was incorporated in 2008 with the aim to promote sports amongst youth, connect with the community at large and build a supporting ecosystem. Over the last 13 years since its inception, the company has done pioneering work in growing popular sports such as Cricket and other indigenous sports like Kabaddi and Wrestling across India and overseas. With a vision to nurture talent at the grass root level, it has invested in providing access to professional sports by setting up Sports Training Academies across India. GMR Sports co-owns Delhi Capitals, a franchise cricket team that represents the city of Delhi in the IPL-Indian Premier League. It also owns U.P. Yoddha, a franchise team representing the state of Uttar Pradesh in the Pro Kabaddi League. In continuation of its commitment to promote sports, especially cricket, GMR Sports has associated with Dubai franchise of U.A.E. T20 Cricket League.