The Rajasthan Royals winners of the inaugural IPL Event in India in 2008 have announced that they are to merge with Trinidad and Tobago, Hampshire, and the Cape Cobra's and in doing so are forming the world 1st sporting Global franchise.
As a result each of these teams will mow carry the name Royals at the end of their name for their respective Twenty20 domestic leagues and they will wear the same kit.
The idea behind this move is primarily to give fans a team to support all year around rather than just for the duration of the Twenty2o tournament in their respective league.
Shane Warne is the captain and coach of the Rajasthan Royals and he is also a former coach of Hampshire.
Trinidad and Tobago meanwhile reached the final of last year's Champions league before losing to New South Wales in the final.
Ironically Trinidad and Tobago beat the Cape Cobras in the Semis last year.