The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise ‘Kings XI Punjab’ is now getting global as they have purchased a side in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) naming St Lucia Zouks. KXIP will become the second IPL team to own a CPL franchise after Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who bought Trinbago Knight Riders in 2015.
“We are about to sign an agreement to be part of CPL. We are getting the St Lucia franchise. The structure and name of the company will only be communicated after we get BCCI’s approval,” KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia told PTI on Monday.
“Mohit Burman (co-owner) is in the Caribbean at the moment to sign the agreement. We want to especially thank the Prime Minister of St Lucia Allan Chastanet and Tourism Minister Dominic Fedde for making this possible. We have been pursuing this for almost nine months,” he added.
St Lucia Zouks is one of the six teams competing in the Caribbean tournament. Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy leads this side.
Apart from Sammy, the team featured Fawad Ahmed, Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher, Colin de Grandhomme, and Thisara Perera in CPL’s last edition.
“We are hugely excited to welcome this ownership team to the CPL family, and we are looking forward to seeing where they take the Zouks during the upcoming season and beyond. They bring with them a wealth of experience, which is fantastic news for both the CPL and St Lucia as a whole,” said Pete Russell, Chief Operating Officer of CPL.
The 2020 edition of CPL has been scheduled to be played between August 19 and September 26. It will be the eighth season of the popular league.