A millionaire at 19 after creating Voodoo PC, Calgary-born Rahul Sood says he went on to lose most of his bankroll.
But there have been more hits than misses thanks to time spent with Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft as well as his own ventures. Now co-founder and CEO of Unikrn (pronounced Unicorn), an esports betting platform that operates in 43 countries, the 47-year-old Sood has added a Sri Lankan cricket team to his portfolio with a stake in the Jaffna Stallions of the newly formed Lanka Premier League (LPL).
“It’s unbelievable how many fans of cricket there are there,” Sood said of Sri Lanka, which has a population of 22.9 million. “And when I saw that Sri Lanka’s launching its own league, the Lanka Premier League, I couldn’t believe it. I mean this is like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“It’s pretty cool.”
The five-team, 23-match Twenty20 tournament, delayed by the pandemic, is slated to run Nov. 26 to Dec. 16. The Stallions will be up against the Colombo Kings, Dambulla Viiking, Galle Gladiators and Kandy Tuskers.
Tournament director Ravin Wickramaratne, vice-president of Sri Lanka Cricket, expects a hit right out of the box.
Why? Because cricket in Sri Lanka is