Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 26th 2015 Contents Any disclosures/plans related
to T&T Red Steel 2016 and
beyond to sensitise our read-
Not as yet. As soon as we made
the decision to acquire the Trinbago
franchise, literally a week before the
start of the tournament, my idea
was for me and a couple of my KKR
colleagues to come and observe and
absorb everything that goes on here.
We are going through a learning
curve on how things work here and
understanding the environment and
any sensitivities so that we can
achieve the right uniformity and
integration to make it a success.
Once we complete the tournament,
we will sit down and formulate our
Why do you think franchise
cricket has become so popular?
Franchise sports has existed in
other parts of the world---US, UK
etc. I think the combination of the
product and the entry of private
enterprise creates the right com-
bination for the fans and public at
large to enjoy the entertainment.
Over time, there is a strong emo-
tional attachment that a country
or city develops towards the team
and it becomes "THEIR" team. This
adds to the fan experience and is
perhaps the main reason for the
What is unique about the CPL
compared to the other fran-
chise-based T20 cricket around
IPL has by far been the marquee
T20 tournament because of the
commercials around it and the huge
crowds, and the following. What I
observe in the Caribbean is the
"party" atmosphere and the unique
way in which the fans enjoy the
game with music as a common
thread. So it makes it that much
more enjoyable to watch and during
those three hours, they have a great
time. This is surely unique.
What is your role in bringing
the 'Shahrukh/Kolkata Knight
Riders' brand to the T&T Red
After I was entrusted with the
role as the CEO, I have formulated
plans for growth and was always
on the lookout for opportunities.
While we had been offered the
Trinidad franchise when the league
started in 2013, I suppose the timing
wasn t right and we had passed.
This time around when CPL
approached us, we felt we should
evaluate it again. We are very glad
that we have moved forward. Com-
ing from an international and global
business background has positioned
me well to position in T&T the
vision of replicating the successful
models I have developed...it s a
matter of "think global, act local."
We aim to be a success for the ben-
efit of all the stakeholders.
"Mysore..." an interesting last
name given that it is the name
of a city in India, any connec-
Yes, Mysore is a very famous city
in South India with a lot of history
and heritage. My father s side of
the family came from there and
hence the surname.
What has your experiences
been like in this part of the
The first thing noticeable is the
warm hospitality. People seem to
be quite relaxed and always ready
for a party! It s great to see this.
We also expect to build a very suc-
cessful business around the fran-
chise and hope that the people of
Trinbago will be proud of what we
How would you describe your
I believe in leadership with a
vision for growth. I also believe that
this can be achieved only through
collaboration and partnerships. Peo-
ple are always the biggest assets
and when you treat them well, they
will go to any lengths to achieve
the common goals that are set.
What two words would you
use to describe yourself, one
beginning with v' the other
with 'm', your initials?
Never thought of this, but per-
haps "Valiant" and "Magnanimous."
Any final words you would
like to share with our readers?
I would like to thank everyone
for the warm welcome we have
received in Trinbago and the
Caribbean at large. It inspires us to
do a good job with the franchise
and create a bond that hopefully
will last for many years to come.
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt July 26, 2015
...Mysore going through a learning curve in T&T
'Think global, act local'
From page B1
Peo le seem to be quite relaxed and
always ready for a party! It's great to see
this. We also expect to build a very
successful business around the franchise
and hope that the people of Trinbago will
be proud of what we build together.
Venky Mysore, CEO, Kolkata
Knight Riders poses with the 2015
IPL trophy in the background.
Donnell Dennis and Carnella Barkley wed on June 27.
PHOTO: SUNITA JAHGROO-PULCHAN
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