The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are delighted to announce that the Zouks franchise have been purchased by Mr. Jay Pandya of Royal Sports Club, based in Philadelphia.
Jignesh ‘Jay’ Pandya is the founder of the Rohan Group of companies, a real estate venture with over 100 combined commercial and retail properties that employs in excess of 1,200 people. He currently also serves as the Chairman of Global Sports Ventures, LLC and Royal Sports Club, LLC.
The 2016 season was the Zouks’ most successful yet, with Daren Sammy’s St. Lucia-based side reaching the CPL Finals for the first time.
Welcoming Royal Sports Club’s acquisition of the Zouks, Mr. Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of the Hero CPL, said: “Today is a landmark day for the Zouks franchise, and indeed for the Hero CPL, and is further evidence of the growing stature of the biggest party in sport both in the Caribbean and internationally.
“Discussions have been ongoing with Mr. Pandya and his representatives for many months and they have a clear vision for the Zouks to elevate them even higher for the seasons to come in terms of recruitment and in building all aspects of the franchise, from root to branch. Their passion for the Hero CPL is obvious, with their values being closely aligned to our own to strive to be an innovative market-leader, and I have no doubt that these are exciting times to be a Zouks fan.
“The 2016 season was a ground-breaking one for Hero CPL, with the successful staging of six matches in Central Broward Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida helping to elevate the competition to new heights. As we build up to the 2017 campaign, I would like to welcome Mr. Pandya to the CPL family and wish him and his consortium well for the seasons to come.”
Outlining his vision for the Zouks franchise, owner Mr. Jay Pandya said: “Our aim is to help drive the Zouks forward to become the dominant team in the CPL by producing consistent results that will enable us to be title contenders in every edition of CPL going forward.