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Lollywood star buys stake in ICL team

Pakistani actor Moammar Rana is the latest to jump in the cricket bandwagon, buying a stake in the Lahore Badshahs ICL team.

cricket Updated: Apr 01, 2008 12:58 IST

Buying stakes in Twenty20 teams seems in vogue for the actors and after Mithun Chakraborty, it's the turn of popular Pakistani tinsel town star Moammar Rana, also known as Momi, to jump onto the bandwagon.

The Indian Cricket League (ICL) today announced that the Pakistani actor will have a stake in ICL's Lahore Badshahs team and would promote the side both in India and Pakistan.

Earlier, Mithun had bought stake in Kolkata Tigers.

"I am delighted to see the Lahore Badshahs perform so well and entertain millions of cricket fans. I am looking forward to be working with the Lahore Badshahs team with stalwarts like Inzamam, Moin Khan and Mushtaq Ahmed, to take the Badshahs to the next level in cricket," the actor said in a statement.

"I am sure, that my fans will support my team Lahore Badshahs," he added.

Incidentally, the BCCI-backed Indian Premier League (IPL) has also seen actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla (Kolkata Knight Riders), Preity Zinta (King's XI Punjab) buying franchisees.

Kapil Dev, Chairman of ICL's Executive Board welcomed Momi and said, "After our association with the living legend, Mithun Chakraborty, this is the latest development at ICL. The Lahore Badshahs have been a critical factor in getting an overwhelming response for the Edelweiss 20s Challenge.

"The Badshahs are arguably one of the best sides in the word and deserve all the support from their increasing home fan base. With Momis huge fan following in Pakistan, I am sure the popularity of the Lahore Badshahs will reach unprecedented levels across the sub-continent," he said.

Momi became a popular actor after the success of 'Deewane Tere Pyar Ke', 'Choorian' and 'Nikki Jai Haan'. His other hit movie is 'Yeh Dil Aap Ka Hua'. His recent film 'Koi Tujh Sa Kahan' has also been termed successful.

The Pakistani actor also appeared in a 2004 Indo-Pak venture, 'Dobara', alongside Mahima Chaudhary and Jackie Shroff.