Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore didn’t solely rule out the opportunity of 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 yr resulting from COVID-19 pandemic. British newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ on Tuesday quoted Mysore saying that they might certainly be eager to “discover” funding alternatives in The Hundred.
Nonetheless the KKR CEO was categorical that at this second it is nothing greater than speculations.
“I do know this story goes round. All I stated was ‘if we’re approached to contemplate investing in ‘The Hundred’, we’ll consider it’,” Mysore advised PTI, reacting to the report within the English day by day.
Owned by Bollywood famous person Shah Rukh Khan, the two-time IPL champions had in 2015 acquired Caribbean Premier League aspect Trinidad & Tobago Purple Metal, who are actually often called Trinbago Knight Riders, a winner of successive CPL titles in 2017 and 2018.
Additionally they had acquired a 3rd workforce, the Cape City franchise in Cricket South Africa’s International T20 league which nonetheless didn’t see the sunshine of the day and was cancelled in 2017.
“We’re the most important model in IPL and maybe the one international model in cricket. So we are able to perceive why leagues all over the world could be all for 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 relatively 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 attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In accordance with ECB chief govt Tom Harrison, they’re slated to incur a lack of over GBP 300 million, if the upcoming season is worn out as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.