The KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited, who owns the IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, has now purchased another franchise, this time in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) named St Lucia Zouks.
With this purchase, they become they now join Red Chillies Entertainment as the owners of an IPL franchise who also own a CPL team. Shah Rukh Khan’s production house owns the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL and Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL.
Previously it was Vijay Mallya as he owned both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Barbados Tridents.
While talking to Zouk’s co-owner Mohit Burman, he said, “We are excited at the opportunity to invest in one of the most exciting sporting tournaments in the world, and we have been impressed by the vibrancy of CPL over the last seven years.”
St Lucia Zouks finished on the fifth spot out of six in the points table under Darren Sammy’s leadership with three wins and six losses to their name.
When asked about their plans for this new franchise, Burman said, “We visualize taking the franchise to the next level and showcasing St Lucia in the best possible light over the coming years.”
This year’s edition of the Caribbean Premier League begins from August 19 with the final to be played on 26 September. Thus, it will be interesting to see how the franchise performs under this new management.
(With ESPNCricinfo inputs)