Bollywood actor and the owner of Kolkata Knight Riders Shah Rukh Khan has purchased Trinidad and Tobago franchise in the Caribbean Premier League. SRK’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.
Khan said that he is thrilled to be a part of the cricket tradition in T&T. He also said that his experience with KKR in the IPL has encouraged him to expand globally. He is also hopeful of replicating KKR’s success with T&T Red Steels in CPL.
He said 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.
KKR’s CEO Venky Mysore, who runs Khan’s sports business, 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.
T&T Red Steels are led by West Indies and Chennai Super Kings All Rounder Dwayne Bravo and has the likes of his brother Darren, Kevon Cooper, Samuel Badree, Jacques Kallis, Kamran Akmal and Johan Botha in their ranks.
Khan has joined the elite panel of actors owning a CPL franchise as Hollywood stars Mark Wahlberg and Gerard Butler already their own CPL franchises. Wahlberg owns the Kieron Pollard led defending champions Barbados Tridents while Butler owns Chris Gayle lead Jamaica Tallawahs.