The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise, St. Lucia Zouks, changed its name to St. Lucia Kings with less than four weeks left until the first match of the competition. The team is owned by K.P.H. Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta and Karan Paul of Dream Cricket Private Limited, who also operate the Punjab Kings in the IPL.
The two franchisees share the brand and other assets in a bid to strengthen ties between their brands. Logo newly minted St. Lucia Kings also looks identical to the Punjab Kings, albeit in a blue tone. In commenting on the change, Darren Sammy, assistant coach and mentor the team said in a statement:
“I love the logo and I love the new name. It is a pleasure to be associated with the Kings franchise and I really hope the name can inspire our players to play like the true Kings that we are! “
We are the Kings 👑
— Saint Lucia Kings (@SaintLuciaKings) August 2, 2021
St. Lucia Kings, to the same as their counterparts in IPL, has not yet won a title in CPL. They had his best performance last year in the eight-year history of the tournament, as they lost to the Trinbago Knight Riders Kieron Pollard led by eight wickets in the final.
St. Lucia Kings to play their first match on August 27
This year, the Kings will begin their season against the Jamaica Tallawahs on Friday, August 27. The team, led by former South African captain Faf du Plessis, also includes players like Andre Fletcher, Rahkeem Cornwall, Wahab Riaz and Matthew Wade in their ranks.
Although the fortunes of the Punjab Kings have changed only slightly since their rebranding, the Saint Lucian Kings are hoping for much better results and a possible continuation of the momentum they built last year.
St. Lucia Kings Full Squad:
Keemo Paul, Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy, Rahkeem Cornwall, Mark Deyal, Roston Chase, Javelle Glen, Keron Cottoy, Jeavor Royal, Kadeem Alleyne, Alzarri Joseph.
Overseas Players: Faf du Plessis, Matthew Wade, Samit Patel, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadir