Jason Holder named as marquee player for Barbados Trident for the upcoming edition of the Caribbean Premier League, with the franchise also a new ownership team to run its affairs.
The USA-based CMG Companies, which has a team of local and international investors, has acquired the Barbados-based franchise. CMG, which operates franchise restaurants, hotels and real estate, has also been involved in sporting ventures – with sponsorship deals with NBA teams, including Dallas Mavericks. CMG also held the ownership of Jamaica Tallawahs in the past.
“Selling our ownership rights of the winning Jamaica Tallawahs held from 2014-2016 was the right move for us as a business, but we missed being involved in the Region and in CPL. When the chance to purchase the Tridents came along we were delighted, especially with the opportunity to bring good strong local partners onboard,” said Manish Patel, Principal of CMG.
“We can’t wait to get started at enhancing the profile of this team on and off the field and to bringing a comprehensive sports entertainment package to Barbados. We will work very hard to make Barbadians proud of their team,” he added.
Local entrepreneurs Kailash Pardasani of Promotech, and Terrol Cummins and Arvind Gopwani of Silver Technetium Capital Inc. (STCI) are the co-owners of the team. Speaking about the association with the Tridents team, Pardasani said: “Cricket has been an integral part of the fabric of our society and has uplifted and united families and entire communities. We are investing in that. We couldn’t ask for better investment partners and for a better time to place our money and efforts while continuing to be huge fans.”
The 2019 edition of the CPL gets underway from September 4.