Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt is interested in buying an Indian Premier League (IPL) team. The actor discussed the possibility in a meeting with the cash-rich Twenty20 League Commissioner Lalit Modi here.
“Yes, he met Lalit Modi yesterday (Wednesday) to get details about buying an IPL team,” sources in the cricket board told PTI on Friday.
If successful, Dutt will be following in the footsteps of Bollywood celebrities Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Juhi Chawla and Shilpa Shetty.
Shah Rukh owns Kolkata Knight Riders in which Chawla has a stake, while Zinta and Shetty have stakes in the Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals teams, respectively.
Dutt is the second Bollywood celebrity after Salman Khan to have met Modi recently to discuss the possibility of buying or picking up a stake in an IPL team. Last month, Salman had met Modi and shown interest in buying one of the two new teams that are to be added in the 2011 edition of the tournament. Auctions are planned for next summer.
As many as eight teams participated in the 2009 tournament which had to be moved South Africa over secuirty concerns as it clashed with the general elections.