Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders and GMR, owner of Delhi Daredevils, have bought franchises in the Cricket South Africa (CSA)’s eight-team T20 Global League.
While GMR’s team will be based in Johannesburg with young Protea paceman Kagiso Rabada as its marquee player while Khan’s outfit will be based in Cape Town with left-handed batsman JP Duminy as the marquee player, reported news gathering agency PTI.
“EY (previously known as Ernst & Young) ran the team owner selection process to ensure integrity, compliance and due diligence was followed throughout the process by both CSA and potential owners,” a release said. Also Read- Ahead of T20 Global League, Cricket South Africa to upgrade stadiums
The player draft is scheduled for August 19 with almost 400 players from 10 countries confirming their interest and the tournament, featuring eight teams, will be played in November-December.
“On behalf of all of us from Knight Riders, congratulations to Cricket South Africa for the launch of exciting new T20 Global League. We are delighted and thankful that you have made Knight Riders part of the new Global League. South Africa is a beautiful country with beautiful people and I really look forward to be part of the exciting new journey and building something special together. We are particularly thrilled to make Cape Town and Newlands our new home away from home,” said Shah Rukh Khan.
Apart from IPL owners, two Pakistan Super League (PSL) owners, Fawad Rana and Javed Afridi also bought franchises. Rana, who owns Lahore Qalandars, bought Durban while the owner of Peshawar Zalmi, Afridi, snapped up Benoni.
Two South African businessmen and representatives from Hong Kong and Dubai bought the other four teams.