new Delhi: The Knight Riders group, which owns Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL, will invest in America’s main cricket league – Major League Cricket (MLC). The Knight Riders group also has its own team playing in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), named Trinbago Knight Riders. The MLC tournament is expected to begin in 2022.
The Knight Riders group has an investment of Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan along with Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jai Mehta and now a strategy to help six US teams run T20 leagues in the long term. Investment is part of it.
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Shahrukh Khan said in a statement, ‘For some time we were looking for an opportunity to expand the Knight Riders franchise globally. Under this, we were also in contact with the organizers of the T20 League to be started in America. Wherever there is a big cricket league in the world, we will look for opportunities to invest there.
America Cricket Enterprises (ACE) has announced that the Knight Riders franchise will play the role of a big investor in their Major League Cricket (MLC).
Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore said, “We had a keen interest in the development of cricket in America and our expansion in America is part of our long-term strategy”.
He said, ‘We are ready to face the new challenge of building cricket in the world’s most sophisticated sports and media market. We believe that we can bring experts to help Major League Cricket undoubtedly realize its potential ‘.
If the MLC League starts in America, it will be the first professional league in America. The tournament was scheduled to begin on July 4 in 2021, but was postponed due to the corona virus epidemic.
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Six teams from New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles will participate in the American T20 League.
Vijay Srinivasan, one of the co-founders of ACE said, ‘Knight Riders are becoming a part of this league cricket. This will benefit cricket in America. It is good that he is joining us in the beginning. Their investment also validates our plan. This is a long-term investment for the future of cricket in America.