CPL bowls-off with Hollywood celebrity bonus

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday July 30, 2013 – Popular Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg says he has become a big cricket fan because of Ajmal Khan, the brainchild behind the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which begins today.

Wahlberg, who has played leading roles in several blockbuster movies, says he is excited to be part of the CPL which will feature the top cricketers from the region and overseas.

CPL officials have announced that Wahlberg has taken an equity interest in the Barbados Tridents team.

 “I’m excited to be a part of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League because I know cricket is huge in the Caribbean and a rich part of the region’s heritage,” said Wahlberg. 

“Sports and entertainment are a powerful combination, and the LCPL will appeal to a huge audience worldwide.  Thanks to my dear friend Ajmal Khan, who introduced me to Barbados and the LCPL, I am a huge cricket fan now. ”

Wahlberg said he was also attracted to the youth development aspect of the CPL benefitting the community.

Wahlberg’s newest movie, 2 Guns, in which he stars alongside Denzel Washington, will be released on Friday.

He is also known for his starring roles in films such as Boogie Nights, Planet of the Apes, The Departed, The Fighter and Ted.

“He brings a global celebrity appeal which adds to the party atmosphere and anticipation that is already building in these final days before the tournament begins,” said Khan, Chairman of Verus International and Founder of the CPL.

“Having him as an ambassador of the greatest party in sport will indeed draw the attention of current and new cricket fans across the world, and we look forward to embracing a whole new generation of cricket fans in the US thanks to Mark.”

The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League starts today in Barbados and concludes on August 24 in Trinidad.(CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)