India cricket player Suresh Raina has bought a co-ownership stake in Hockey India League franchise Uttar Pradesh Wizards.
Raina is the latest cricketer to take on an ownership role in the league after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni bought into the Ranchi Rays franchise last month.
“It is a memorable day for me because today I am immensely proud to be associated with the national sport of our country, hockey, by joining UP Wizards,” Raina said at a press event.
“Uttar Pradesh is a land of world class hockey players like Major Dhyan Chand, K D Singh Babu and many more to follow and since my sports college days in Lucknow, I have a lot of friends who are hockey players. I will make all possible endeavours and bring all sorts of support required for uplifting the game of hockey in the region.”
Uttar Pradesh Wizards is owned by the Sahara Group and the conglomerate’s head of corporate communication Abhijit Sarkar said: “Hockey is our national game and we are proud owner of UP Wizards. We are sure that association of Suresh Raina will make hockey more popular in the state and will attract more fans. We will achieve greater laurels and success in the sport of hockey in the coming years and we are committed to the development of sports at all levels in the country.”