Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has expanded his portfolio of owning cricket teams by buying investing in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 team Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel. The 49-year-old already owns the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with co-owners Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta. The pair alongside SRK’s company Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd have purchased the Port of Spain based team reports the Times of India.
Shah Rukh’s KKR are two time winners of the Indian Premier League, having tasted success in 2012 and 2014. In the eighth edition of the glamorous T20 tournament, they failed to defend their crown after missing out on a place in the playoffs by finishing fifth in the table during the league stage. The CPLT20 tournament has completed two successful seasons with Jamaica Tallawahs winning the inaugural edition followed by Barbados Tridents last year. Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel managed to reach the knock-out stages but failed to reach the final on both occasions.
The third edition of the Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament is due to begin from June 20 with the same six teams participating – Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, St Lucia Zouks, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Jamaica Tallawahs, Guyana Amazon Warriors and defending champions Barbados Tridents. It will be interesting to see how SRK’s entry will change the fortunes of the T&T franchise coached by Australian coach Simon Helmot. The tournament will conclude on July 26 with the final scheduled at T&T’s home ground the Queens Park Oval. Chennai Super Kings’ star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will spearhead the side that also features former KKR and South African legend Jacques Kallis.