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Gemini Arabians franchise in Masters Champions League (MCL), a Twenty20 cricket league was held by Khaitan Holdings. The team was captained by Virender Sehwag and coached by Andrew Shedlock from South Africa. The tournament was a T20 format for retired cricketers held in UAE. The franchises were named after star signs and Khaitan Holdings Group bought the star sign representing Gemini for 10 years. The team was named Arabians representing the spirit of Arabia being the local team owner of UAE.
Nalin Khaitan (Team Owner & CEO)
Rajesh Puri (COO)
The official theme of the team was Tu Mar Mere Yaar sung by singer Sidharth Mahadevan and the official colours Red with golden stars. The jersey was revealed in the skies above Dubai with skydivers unfurling a giant jersey. Some of the team players and team owner Nalin Khaitan also joined in the action and parachuted down into the venue. The unfurling was followed by an official launch ceremony and press conference attended by journalists representing all major media outlets in the United Arab Emirates. The Khaitan Holdings Group has been very closely involved with the development of cricket in the UAE. As a reflection of this, the team’s mascots were cricket-loving Emirati twins.
Gemini Arabians won the prestigious MCL2020 cup in the inaugural season in 2016 after going undefeated in the tournament.
Though the tournament was meant for retired players, some national cricket boards faced issues with current players seeking no-objection certificates to play. The League also faced a player-payment issue during the tournament.
Gemini Arabians was the only team to honour all the payment to the players and service providers as per Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations and due to which Khaitan Holdings Group got global recognition in the field of cricketing sport.
Due to poor management, the league was folded after just one season.