Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan added another feather to his cap recently when he bought his second T20 team, this time from the Caribbean Premier League. The actor already owns Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, along with Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta.
SRK, might be the first Bollywood star to have a CPL team, but he is not the first movie star to do so. Hollywood stars Mark Wahlberg and Gerard Butler already own Barbados Tridents, led by Kieron Pollard, and Jamaica Tallawahs, captained by Chris Gayle, respectively.
Shah Rukh expressed his happiness by saying “This is in line with our vision to expand globally. We are thrilled to become part of the cricketing tradition of Trinidad & Tobago. 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.”
The CEO of the company Venky Mysore added, “KKR has been fortunate to be recognized as one of the most professionally managed franchises in IPL. That experience has encouraged us to expand globally .The idea is to replicate our success in the CPL, keeping the growing interest in this (T20) format in mind.”
The tournament will be held between 20th of June to 26th of July. The Trinidad and Tobago team have star players in the franchise like Dwayne Bravo, Jacques Kallis, Darren Bravo, Johan Botha, Kamran Akmal and Kevon Cooper among others.
The fact that someone like Shahrukh is now associated with the Caribbean Premier League, is likely to substantially increase the viewership of the T20 League in India.