Kings XI Punjab IPL team buys Cricket Premier League team CPL team hence becoming the second team to buy the franchise out of India earlier Red Chillies Entertainment owned Kolkata Knight Rider has ownership of Trinbago knight Riders in 2015.
CPL team St Lucia Zouk’s is completely own by Kings XI now. Besides Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab Vijay Mallya had also owned the team in CPL Barbados Tridents besides his team Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL.
KOH Dream Cricket Private Limited owner of Kings XI Punjab is now the owner of CPL team St Lucia Zouks too.
“We are about to sign an agreement to be part of CPL. We are getting the St Lucia franchise. The structure and name of the company will only be communicated after we get BCCI’s approval,” KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“Mohit Burman (co-owner) is in the Caribbean at the moment to sign the agreement. We want to especially thank the Prime Minister of St Lucia Allan Chastanet and Tourism Minister Dominic Fedde for making this possible. We have been pursuing this for almost nine months,” added Wadia.
St Lucia Zouk’s team is led by Darren Sammy who is a T20 World-Cup winner Skipper for West Indies.
Kolkata knight Riders owned Trinbago knight Riders have owned the title thrice and are one of the top-performing teams in CPL, in the last season it was in the top three positions whereas St Lucia Zouk’s fifth position. St Lucia Zouk has never won any title.
CPL will start on 19th August and the final will be played on 26th September. This will be the 8th edition of CPL. Post CPL all players will be flying to Australis for T20 World Cup 2020.
CPL CEO EXCITED
Peter Rusell, Chief Operating Officer of CPL sounds excited as Kings XI Punjab invested and bought their team.
“We are hugely excited to welcome this ownership team to the CPL family and we are looking forward to seeing where they take the Zouk’s during the upcoming season and beyond,” said Russell before adding: “They bring with them a wealth of experience which is fantastic news for both the CPL and St Lucia as a whole.