After successfully owning the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for last 10 years in the Indian Premier League and Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) for last two years in the Carribean Premier League (CPL), Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is all set to buy a new team South African League which will be known as T20 Global League South Africa. The tournament will kickstart later in this year where eight franchise will be participating. The name of the teams will be announced on at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on June 19 while Shah Rukh Khan has put a bid to buy a franchise.
According to a report published on Mirror, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has put 8 teams for sale and they are – Johannesburg (two teams), Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town (two teams). Meanwhile, SRK’s management team has been in touch with Cricket South Africa (CSA) to buy a team. However, Shah Rukh has shown interest in Johannesburg and Cape Town. It has also been reported that SRK’s representatives have visited South Africa to discuss the matter with CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.
— T20 Global League (@T20GL_) June 5, 2017
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 6, 2017
According to the reports, the payment schemes have been divided into different tiers. Tier 1 city, including Johannesburg and Cape Town, will be offered $ 50 million per year over a period of 10 years while Tier two cities will be offered $ 30 million per year.
“With passionate team owners, local & international marquee players,the #T20GL will capture the attention of sports fans worldwide.”- Lorgat
— T20 Global League (@T20GL_) June 3, 2017
On the other hand, CSA also wants to put the brand value of Shah Rukh Khan to use after observing his fan following in India and their country. Moreover, a huge number of people in Johannesburg follow the King of Bollywood and hence the CSA management has thought to include the Indian Superstar in the forthcoming league so as to start the tournament on a larger level.
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