Who Are T20 Global League Franchise Owners
A big event was held in London last week, in which Cricket South Africa announced the eight franchise owners of T20 Global League starting this year in November/December. People already know couple of franchise owners because of their involvement in other cricket leagues like IPL, PSL and CPL but few of them are unknown.
Here we will tell you who are 2017 T20 Global League franchise owners and will and tell you a little bit more about them.
Bollywood King Shah Rukh Khan – Cape Town
Shah Rukh Khan also known as King of Bollywood took charge of his third cricket franchise Cape Town Knight Riders in cricket world. Previously he owned Kolkata Knight Riders in Indian Premier League and Trinbago Knight Riders in Caribbean Premier League.
Fawad Rana – Durban
Fawad Rana is the managing director of Qatar Lubricants and he bought Durban Qalandars franchise in T20GL. He also own Lahore Qalandars team in Pakistan Super League. He is passionate about cricket and looking forward to bring new talent on screen. Rana said about Hashim Amla that:
“We have the sun of the soil, Durban is sitting with us. “
Osman Osman – Pretoria
Osman is the CEO of an event management company known as Blu Blood and previously worked on sporting event Nedbank Golf Challenge. He is now the owner of Pretoria franchise in T20 Global League. He said:
“Pretoria has always been home and we’ve always been passionate about cricket”
Javed Afridi – Benoni
He is the youngest owner of any cricket league franchise. Javed Afridi is the CEO of Haier Pakistan, dealing in home appliances and electronics. First he purchased a Peshawar Zalmi franchise in Pakistan Super League and now he stepped into T20 Global League buying Benoni franchise. He said:
“Benoni is a city of youth. We want to get involved in that demographic”
Mustaq Brey – Stellenbosch
Mustaq belongs to South Africa and is director of an investment company Brimstone. During an event at London, he said:
“I wanted to showcase to the world the investment and tourism opportunities that await in South Africa. Being part of this league is a significant milestone for us.”
Sushil Kumar – Bloemfontein
Sushil Kumar is director of City Sports Limited, a Hong Kong based company. His aim is to bring top class cricket events to the soil of Hong Kong. By buying Bloemfontein franchise, he got the opportunity to be a part of a major international tournament.
GMR Group – Johannesburg
GMR Group bought Johannesburg franchise in T20 Global League. This group also own Delhi Daredevils team in IPL. Its the only franchise that is owned by a company and not by an individual person. CEO of GMR Hemant Dua is hopeful that his team will roar in T20GL.
Ajay Sethi – Port Elizabeth
Sethi is the chairman of Channel 2 Group in UAE. An official broadcaster of many cricket events in UAE. This year he confirmed radio rights deal with ICC and also purchased the Port Elizabeth franchise in Global T20 League.