Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders will also own a team in South Africa’s Global T-20 League now. The announcement is made in London on Monday. Delhi Daredvils franchisee GMR Sports are the owners of the Johannesburg team.
Venki Mysore, CEO and MR of the KKR, has virtually confirmed the SA League team ownership on Sunday itself. Nothing much was left to be revealed following his tweets, one of which read “In London for a different reason. Announcement tomorrow. Added perk of watching India vs Pakistan. Go India go.”
Shah Rukh Khan and Mysore were also present at the ICC Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan. CEO Hemant Dua represented GMR Sports at the announcement.
After much anticipation and with excitement at an all-time high, the reveal took place at a well-attended industry launch event at London’s most prestigious hotel, The Bvlgari, London. The event set the tone for a new standard in T20 cricket.
E&Y ran the team owner selection process to ensure integrity, compliance and due diligence was followed throughout the process by both CSA and potential owners. “Competition was stiff, with more than 150 Expressions of Interest (EOI) received from around the world and a shortlist of heavy hitters to consider, but after rigorous discussions and engagement with each of the potential owners, we are certain that our final eight owners have the perfect combination of strategic insight and passion needed to make the first T20 Global League a complete success,” said CSA President, Chris Nenzani.
The official eight team owners, host cities and marquee players are:
|1. Shah Rukh Khan||KKR||Cape Town||JP Duminy|
|2. Mr Fawad Rana||Lahore Qalandars||Durban||Hashim Amla|
|3. GMR Group||Delhi Daredevils||Johannesburg||Kagiso Rabada|
|4. Mr Javed Afridi||My Sports World / Peshawar Zalmi||Benoni||Quinton de Kock|
|5. Mr Osman Osman||SA Consortium||Pretoria||AB de Villiers|
|6. Mr Ajay Sethi||Channel 2||Port Elizabeth||Imran Tahir|
|7. Mr Mustaq Brey||Brimstone Investment Corporation||Stellenbosch||Faf du Plessis|
|8. Mr Sushil Kumar||City Sports||Bloemfontein||David Miller|
Joining the owners will be the eight Protea Marquee Players who have now been assigned to a team on the basis of the city they have historically been associated with or a city they will be able to build a strong association with. Alongside the Protea marquee players, the eight International marquee players that were previously announced will help drive the global spirit of competition as the franchises battle for top spot.
“The announcement of the team owners is a key milestone to successfully launch our T20 Global League,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “We are thrilled by the international mix of owners and the passion and excitement that was clearly demonstrated during the bidding process by them and the marquee players. It sets up our #T20GL as a fans favourite in the cricketing calendar.”
The player draft is scheduled for 19 August, with almost 400 players from 10 countries confirming their interest.