Dubai-based Baseball League Announces Mumbai Cobras as First Franchise
Baseball, a sport that has traditionally not been widely popular in India, is now set to make waves with the announcement of the first-ever franchise in the country. Dubai-based baseball league, UAE Association Baseball (UAEBBL), announced Mumbai Cobras as its first franchise on Wednesday. The move is expected to not only promote the sport in India but also provide a platform for young aspiring players to showcase their talent.
The Mumbai Cobras franchise will feature in the 2022 season which will be played between January and March next year. UAEBBL founder and CEO, Mubarak Noor, made the announcement in an official statement and expressed his excitement over the growth potential of baseball in India.
“We are delighted to welcome Mumbai Cobras to our league as our first franchise in India. We believe that the sport of baseball has immense potential in India, and we are committed to developing the sport at the grassroots level in the country. Mumbai Cobras will not only provide a platform for aspiring players to showcase their skills but also promote the sport in the country,” Noor said.
The Mumbai Cobras franchise will be headed by Mr. Gaurang Shah, who is also the CEO of Guardian Corporation. Speaking on the announcement, Shah expressed his excitement on being a part of the league and the opportunity to further the growth of baseball in India.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the UAEBBL and excited to take on the challenge of promoting baseball in India. We have a lot of young and talented players in the country who can excel in the sport. It is a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills and make a name for themselves at an international level,” Shah said.
The announcement of the Mumbai Cobras franchise has been received positively in the Indian sports fraternity. The Mumbai-based team has already started preparations for the league and is expected to announce its coaching staff and player roster in the coming weeks.
Baseball has been gaining some popularity in India in recent times. In 2019, the Indian national baseball team won the Silver medal at the International Friendship Series in Indonesia. The sport is also part of the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) and is played in a number of schools across the country.
The UAEBBL is a professional baseball league based in Dubai and features teams from across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. The league is committed to promoting the sport of baseball in the Middle East and Asia and has been making efforts to expand its reach in recent years.
In conclusion, the announcement of the Mumbai Cobras franchise marks an important moment for Indian baseball. With the backing of UAEBBL, the franchise has the potential to bring about a revolution in the sport in the country. The growth of baseball in India could also open up new opportunities for young players and provide them with an alternative to traditional sports like cricket and football.