After the success of the IPL cricket team – Kolkata Knight Riders – its co-owner Shah Rukh Khan goes for the Hollywood glamour, with the purchase of the ‘Trinidad & Tobago franchise’ in the Caribbean Premier League.
Khan’s company Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd -along with KKR co-owners Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta -has invested in the T&T franchise. The next edition of the tournament is scheduled to run from June 20 to July 26, 2015.
“This is in line with our vision to expand globally . We are thrilled to become part of the cricketing tradition of Trinidad & Tobago,” Shahrukh Khan told Times of India. “The passion for franchise cricket in the Caribbean is evident with the success of CPL and we hope to bring all the best practices of KKR to the T&T franchise,” he added.
Through this purchase, Khan has become the first owner of an Indian Premier League team to own an overseas cricket franchise.
T&T’s stars include Dwayne Bravo (who was the highest wicket-taker in this year’s IPL, playing for Chennai Super Kings), Darren Bravo, Samuel Badree and Kevon Cooper. Overseas signings include Kamran Akmal and Johan Botha. Former South Africa and KKR allrounder Jacques Kallis, who is now the IPL team’s mentor, will also be a part of the T&T franchise this year.
Great going SRK! We wish you luck for this new venture!
Source: First Post