The owners of the Rajasthan Royals have bought a majority stake in the CPL franchise
The Barbados franchise is one of the three teams to win the CPL title twice. The Tridents won the 2014 CPL under the leadership of Kieron Pollard, who is now captain at the Trinbago Knight Riders. In 2019 the Tridents ended the unbeaten run of the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final to win the CPL under the captaincy of Jason Holder. The Tridents failed to defend their title, however, finishing fifth in the 2020 edition with just three wins in 10 games.
“The idea of creating a global network behind the Royals brand is something that we are keen to do for many many years, It was the opportunity too good to miss” Badale told ESPNcricinfo. “The IPL is only on our screen for a short period of the annual calendar. Secondly, it gives our fans an opportunity to follow Royals teams across the world and in different locations. Thirdly, from a cricketing perspective to trial new things.”
Badale said the CPL investment had the support of the RedBird Capital Partners, who recently picked up a 15% stake in the Royals’ franchise in the IPL. The US-based RedBird has interests in the parent company of Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox. “They are hugely supportive of the Barbados acquisition.”
Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo