Venky Mysore
KKR CEO Venky Mysore (Credits - AFP)

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore has not ruled out the possibility of investing in The Hundred, the new flagship tournament of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Venky Mysore said that the two-time IPL winners are “evaluating” investment opportunities in the tournament.

The Hundred was set to get underway this year in July. But the ECB postponed The Hundred’s inaugural edition to next year in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament has eight men’s and women’s team, namely – Northern Superchargers, Manchester Originals, Trent Rockets, Birmingham Phoenix, Welsh Fire, Southern Brave, London Spirit and Oval Invincibles.

The Hundred
The Hundred (Credits: Twitter)

British newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ on Tuesday quoted Venky Mysore saying that the Knight Riders would surely be keen to “explore” investment opportunities in The Hundred. At the same time, he made it clear that nothing is confirmed at the moment.

“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’,” Venky Mysore told PTI, reacting to the report in the English daily.

Knight Riders are not new to investing in overseas leagues. In 2015, the Knight Riders, co-owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, acquired Caribbean Premier League side Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, who are now known as Trinbago Knight Riders. They also had acquired a third team, the Cape Town franchise in Cricket South Africa’s Global T20 league. Unfortunately, the tournament did not get underway and was cancelled in 2017.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (Credits: BCCI)

Venky Mysore further stated that the Knight Riders are the biggest brand in the IPL, stating: “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.”

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