CPL franchise Barbados Tridents set to become Barbados Royals after Rajasthan Royal's acquisition

After Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings, the owners of Rajasthan Royals have bought a majority ownership in CPL’s club Barbados Tridents, making them the third IPL club to be affiliated with the Caribbean league. The Rajasthan Royals’ owners, Royals Sports Group (EM Sporting Holdings Ltd), declared on Friday.

Manoj Badale, the franchise’s co-owner, refers to this as an act under their Royals’ Twenty20 network, which was founded in 2010. He cited three reasons for the decision to purchase stakes in Barbados: giving their existing fanbase the opportunity to follow the Royals outside of the limited IPL window each year, trying new things with different resources in different conditions, and providing sponsors with year-long visibility.

Kieron Pollard, who is now captain of the Trinbago Knight Riders, led the Tridents to victory in the 2014 CPL. Under Jason Holder’s captaincy, the Tridents won the CPL in 2019 by ending the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ unbeaten run in the final. The Tridents, on the other hand, were unable to retain their crown in 2020, finishing seventh with only three wins in ten games.

After Barbados Royals won the CPL in 2014 and 2019, and they’ll be aiming for a hat-trick of victories in the coming season with their new moniker. The Barbados Royals are set to begin their Caribbean Premier League season on August 26 against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. The CPL final for this season will be held on September 15.