After buying teams in the multi-billion-dollar cricketing tournaments, Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has invested in the future of American cricket.
Shah Rukh's Knight Riders Group has bought the Los Angeles franchise that is slated to play in the upcoming Major League Cricket in the US. Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta are co-owners of the Knight Riders Group.In a statement on Tuesday, 55-year-old Shah Rukh said, "For several years now, we have been expanding the Knight Riders brand globally and closely watching the potential for T20 cricket in the USA."
Cricket in the US is a sport played at the amateurs, clubs, intercollegiate and international competition levels with little popularity.
Shah Rukh, who began his acting career with appearances in several TV series in the late 1980s, made his Bollywood debut in 1992. He has acted in over 80 films in his nearly 30-year career.
Apart from the two cricket teams, Shah Rukh owns motion picture production company, Red Chillies Entertainment, UNB.