The owners of IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders have agreed to make a “significant long-term investment” in the first professional Twenty20 cricket league in the United States, organisers said on Tuesday.

The Knight Riders Group, whose majority owner is Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, said it will provide a cash injection as well as strategic expertise in an effort to help Major League Cricket flourish.

The inaugural season is scheduled for 2022, with competition organisers promising “top players from around the globe.”

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“For several years now, we have been expanding the Knight Riders brand globally and closely watching the potential for T20 cricket in the USA,” Khan said. “We are convinced that Major League Cricket has all the pieces in place to execute on its plans and we look forward to making our partnership an enormous…

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