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Shahrukh Khan wants Red Steel in finals

Thursday, July 23, 2015
THE TROPHY: Sports Minister Brent Sancho, left and Damien O'Donohue, CEO, CPL stand beside the CPL trophy at yesterday's media conference. Photo: SEAN NERO

Even as the T&T Red Steel prepares to take the pitch against the Jamaica Tallawahs in the first semi-final of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at the Queen’s Park Oval on Tragarete Road in Port-of-Spain, today, comes word that Indian movie star and Red Steel shareholder Shahrukh Khan will fly to T&T if the home team qualifies for Sunday’s final.

Damien O’Donohue, chief executive office of the CPL made the announcement at yesterday’s media conference held at the Savannah Terrace of the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, on Lady Young Road in Port-of-Spain. 

“Shahrukh Khan will delay his filming schedule and fly to local shores for the finals of the Caribbean Premier League if the T&T Red Steel makes it to the final round,” he said.

O’Donohue said the tournament came a long way in a short time and was making more money in its third year, unlike the previous two years of the event.

The CPL, he said, re-energised cricket in the region and brought a whole new audience and a whole new look to the game. 

O’Donohue underscored the importance of public/private partnerships to ensure that the CPL was realised.

“The support that we get from the Caribbean is so important to the long term viability to the CPL because when you look at the tournament and the production levels in terms of what we’ve put on, the likes of what hasn’t been seen in the Caribbean before, this is effectively the Super Bowl weekend of the Caribbean. The backbone of the tournament is the local TV market. Unfortunately, the local TV market can’t even come close to supporting that figure and that’s why Government support and the support of the corporate Caribbean is hugely important,” he said.

The CPL official added, “I hope the final is here again next year. I really hope it comes. I am speaking to (Minister) Gerry Hadeed. I want to thank the Government and corporate T&T for partnering with the CPL. There is nowhere like T&T in terms of the support we get.” 

At the media conference Sports Minister Brent Sancho, responded to questions from the media about the negative impact local sports was getting as a direct result of the Fifa scandal and the alleged involvement of former Fifa vice-president and ex-government minister Jack Warner.

He said the Warner saga placed a dark cloud over this country, but the success of the CPL was a shining light on this country’s sporting reputation.

“Let me congratulate the CPL for bringing some enthralling and exciting cricket to the shores of the Caribbean. Without a doubt, the Jack Warner scenario has brought some overcast conditions to this country and the CPL has brought a ray of light. It’s really exciting to have our country portrayed in the way that we do best, where you see our culture fusing with our sport and being transmitted all around the world.”


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