Trinbago Knight Riders owner: Four-time Caribbean Premier League winners Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) is owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan a.k.a SRK. It was in 2015 that the Shah Rukh Khan-owned Red Chillies Entertainment had decided to buy stakes in the Red Steel, alongside Jay Mehta and his wife Juhi Chawla.
The Trinbago Knight Riders are a franchise cricket team that was previously known as Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, who were one of the inaugural six sides that kicked off the Caribbean Premier League back in 2013.
TKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan also owns the Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). It was the first time in 2015 that an IPL team owner had invested in another T20 league team outside India. A year later, the Red Chillies Entertainment group took charge of the entire TKR operations, thereby changing the franchise name from Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel to Trinbago Knight Riders.
During the first season in 2013, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel side boasted of stars like Darren Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor, Nicholas Pooran, and others, with Dwayne Bravo captaining the side. But, the team could only finish fourth in the points table.
Let’s find out more about the Trinbago Knight Riders owner.
Shah Rukh Khan – the man with the magic touch
Like his success on the silver screen, Shah Rukh Khan has found ample success with the cricket franchises that he has invested in as well. While SRK’s first co-owned franchise cricket team KKR won the IPL title twice in 2012 and 2014, the Trinbago Knight Riders saw their fortune change in the tournament with Shah Rukh’s investment in 2015 – when the Caribbean side won their first CPL title.
Since the full takeover, TKR have won the CPL title four times in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2020, which makes the Trinbago Knight Riders the most successful team in CPL history. The Trinbago Knight Riders are also the current defending champions of the Caribbean Premier League.
Led by captain Kieron Pollard, the Knight Riders had ridden on Lendl Simmons’ heroics to beat St Lucia Zouks by eight wickets in last year’s CPL final. Darren Bravo had hit the winning runs in the final match at the Queen’s Park Oval or Brian Lara Cricket Academy as TKR had remained unbeaten in entire the tournament in 2020.
TKR owner Shah Rukh had tweeted after the team’s brilliant victory stating, “Ami TKR we rule. Awesome display boys… You make us proud, happy and make our party even without a crowd. Love u team. TKR, Lendl Simmons, and my favourite Bravo, well done. Kieron Pollard and my man DJ Bravo love you how many now!!! Brendon McCullum come to IPL, love you.”
After few successful CPL campaigns with TKR, owner Shah Rukh Khan had decided to give coach Brendon McCullum the responsibilities of both KKR in the IPL – which is managed by Red Chillies Entertainment CEO Venky Mysore – and TKR in CPL. However, KKR are yet to replicate the success in IPL, which the former Kiwi skipper managed to achieve with Trinbago Knight Riders in CPL.
Not only the coach but both KKR and Trinbago Knight Riders have Caribbean superstar all-rounder Sunil Narine, who enrich the CPL side already having the likes of Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Isuru Udana, Tim Seifert, and more. Sunil Narine is the only player who is currently playing for both teams.
Does Trinbago Knight Riders owner own any other sports franchise?
Which other team does Shah Rukh Khan own?
Apart from Trinbago Knight Riders and Kolkata Knight Riders, actor Shah Rukh Khan also owns the Major Cricket League franchise LA Knight Riders, who will start their campaign in 2022.
“For several years now, we have been expanding the Knight Riders brand globally, and closely watching the potential for T20 cricket in the USA. We are convinced that Major League Cricket has all the pieces in place to execute on its plans and we look forward to making our partnership an enormous success in the coming years,” Mumbai Mirror had quoted TKR owner Shah Rukh Khan saying.
Not only owning the LA Knight Riders cricket franchise but one of SRK’s firms will also reportedly be involved in the organization duties of the T20 cricket tournament. The firm will also contribute to building cricket stadiums in the franchises’ home cities.