Mark Wahlberg has purchased a stake in a Caribbean cricket team after discovering a newfound love of the sport.

The Fighter star has invested in Limacol Caribbean Premier League's (Lcpl) Barbados Tridents team after its chairman Ajmal Khan introduced him to cricket.

A statement issued by the Hollywood actor reads, "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.

"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. "