Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has acquired the Harare Hurricane franchise in the Zim Afro T10, which will begin on July 20 in Zimbabwe.
The actor will co-own the franchise with Sir Sohan Roy, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Aries Group of Companies and it will be the partnership’s first activity into the sport of cricket.
“Cricket is like a religion in India, and as one of the biggest nations in the sport, I feel it is our duty to take the game to every corner of the world. Zimbabwe has a rich history in the sport and to associate with that and help fans have a great time is something that truly gives me joy. I am looking forward to the Harare Hurricanes doing really well at the Zim Afro T10,” Sanjay Dutt, Co-Owner, Harare Hurricanes, said in a media release.
The final of the tournament will be held on July 29 and all the games will be held in Harare.
The other four teams in the league will be Durban Qalandars, CapeTown Samp Army, Bulawayo Braves and the Joburg Lions and the players’ draft is scheduled to be held on July 2 at a ceremony in Harare.
Commenting on the development, Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Givemore Makoni said: “To see some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry throw their weight behind the Zim Afro T10 gives me immense pleasure, and tells me that the tournament is being well received. Now, all that is left is that the Harare Hurricanes put in a brilliant showing in the tournament next month.”
“I am delighted to work with Sanjay Dutt as we make our team the Harare Hurricanes at the Zim Afro T10. It is the most entertaining and enterprising format in the sport and this association is a chance to realise a childhood dream. May the best team win at the Zim Afro T10,” said Sohan Roy.
T Ten Global Sports Founder and Chairman, Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk said: “Sohan Roy and Sanjay Dutt coming together is a dream partnership for me, and I am extremely happy that they have chosen the Zim Afro T10 to begin their cricketing journey. Both, Sohan and Sanjay, are very dynamic and great leaders, and I am sure that their team, Harare Hurricanes, will display those characteristics at the Zim Afro T10.”