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King Khan to take on Mithun Dada

After the gala launch of King Khan's Kolkata Knight Riders team of IPL, rival Zee-promoted ICL has roped in Mithun Chakraborty to be franchise owner of Kolkata owners.

cricket Updated: Mar 26, 2008 18:44 IST

It will be Shah Rukh Khan versus Mithun Chakraborty in cricket.

A fortnight after the gala launch of King Khan's Kolkata Knight Riders team for the multimillon dollar Indian Premier League, rival Zee-promoted Indian Cricket League has roped in 'Mithun Dada' to be the franchisee owner of one of its sides 'Kolkata Tigers'.

"Yes, I have said yes to ICL. I was always interested in floating a soccer or cricket side. Now I have an opportunity," said Mithun, who inked an agreement with ICL on Tuesday night.

Cricketing circles feel the rebel league bosses opted for Mithun, who rose from the ranks in Kolkata to make it big in Mumbai films and still holds a huge fan following in Kolkata, to counter the massive propaganda mileage the IPL got in the city and across the country after Shah Rukh's Red Chillies Entertainment won the franchisee rights for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Mithun's presence could also help in boosting the brand image of the Craig Mcmillan-led team, which has attracted little attention from the media or sports aficionados ever since it came into being last year.