The Caribbean Premier League’s team Barbados Tridents will now be renamed as the Barbados Royals. The Indian Premier League’s footprints have further gathered their daring in the CPL with the proprietors of the Rajasthan Royals owning bulk of the shareholding in the Barbados Tridents. The Royals therefore became the third franchise of the IPL to own a club in the CPL.
Previously in the year 2015, the Kolkata Knight Riders owners, Red Chillies Entertainment, bought the Trinbago Knight Riders. On the other side, KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited, the association that is the owners of the Punjab Kings had bought the St Lucia Zouks last year.
The owner of EM Sporting Holdings Ltd, Manoj Badale opened up on this noting that it is a tremendous opportunity that would allow the supporters a chance to follow the Royals teams across the world. The EM Sporting Holdings Ltd had just extended their shares to 65 percent of the Royals team.
“The idea of developing a global network around the Royals brand is something that we are keen to pursue for many years, It was the chance too excellent to ignore. The IPL is only on our television for a short period of the annual calendar. Secondly, it allows our followers an opportunity to follow Royals teams across the world and in different locales. Thirdly, from a cricketing perspective to experiment new things.” Badale asserted as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
The 2021 edition of the CPL is all geared up to commence from August 26 to September 15. The season will be contested at St Kitts & Nevis. Holder will continue to bear the mantle of being the captain of Barbados. Kumar Sangakkara who is the Royals’ director of cricket in the Indian Premier League will also supervise the operations of the CPL.
The former Sri Lanka cricketer expressed his heartfelt welcome to the Barbados franchise to Royals’ ecosystem. He also set his expectations on the Caribbean talent and said that it would allow the organisation to improve and create their methods for the expansion of the Royals group. The Barbados franchise is, nevertheless, one amongst the three teams to have won the CPL title twice.