Updated: May 6, 2020 12:10:14 pm
Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore didn’t totally rule out the potential for the favored IPL franchise “evaluating” funding alternatives in England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)’s bold franchise league ‘The Hundred’, which needed to be shelved this 12 months resulting from COVID-19 pandemic.
British newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ on Tuesday quoted Mysore saying that they’d absolutely be eager to “explore” funding alternatives in The Hundred.
However the KKR CEO was categorical that at this second it’s nothing greater than speculations. “I know this story is going around. All I said was ‘if we are approached to consider investing in ‘The Hundred’, we will evaluate it’,” Mysore informed PTI, reacting to the report within the English every day.
Owned by Bollywood famous person Shah Rukh Khan, the two-time IPL champions had in 2015 acquired Caribbean Premier League aspect Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, who are actually often known as Trinbago Knight Riders, a winner of successive CPL titles in 2017 and 2018.
They additionally had acquired a 3rd staff, the Cape Town franchise in Cricket South Africa’s Global T20 league which nonetheless didn’t see the sunshine of the day and was cancelled in 2017.
“We are the biggest brand in IPL and perhaps the only global brand in cricket. So we can understand why leagues around the world would be interested in getting Knight Riders on board,” Mysore stated.
A brainchild of the ECB, The Hundred shall be 100-balls-per-side format and shall be performed by eight franchises fairly than the established 18 first-class counties.
It was slated for a July begin however solely to be pushed until 2021 with ECB grappling in monetary disaster brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to ECB chief government Tom Harrison, they’re slated to incur a lack of over GBP 300 million, if the upcoming season is worn out because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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