King’s XI Punjab Buys St Lucia Zouks

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ST LUCIA – KING’S XI Pun­jab takes con­trol of the St Lu­cia Zouks.

This is the second In­di­an Pre­mier League (IPL) team to take con­trol of a Caribbean Pre­mier League (CPL) fran­chise.

Kolkata Knight Rid­ers (KKR) bought the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel three years ago and renamed it Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR).

The announcement about Zouks was made at a press conference on Monday by Chief Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer of CPL Pe­te Rus­sell at the San­dals Grande St Lu­cia Re­sort and Spa in Gros Islet.

Mo­hit Bur­man, of KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited, the consortium that owns the King’s XI Punjab, and its Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) Satish Menon were in St Lu­cia for the revelation.

Bur­man said his team was happy with what they saw with the TRK arrangement.

He said, “We are a strong fran­chise and we have played every edi­tion of the IPL.

“We will bring a lot of ex­per­tise to the set up at the Zouks and we are hop­ing to re­al­ly see and im­prove­ment and to as­sist in the over­all de­vel­op­ment of CPL and West In­dies.”

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Burman said he was in discussions with St Lucia Prime Minister Al­lan Chastanet who said the new arrangement was great news for St Lucia.

The prime minister said, “I have told Mo­hit that we will be look­ing be­yond crick­et and look­ing to better ties with India.”

Burman said: “We are excited at the opportunity to invest in one of the most exciting sporting tournaments in the world and we have been impressed by the vibrancy of CPL over the last seven years.

“We visualise taking the franchise to the next level and showcasing St Lucia in the best possible light over the coming years.”

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