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Salman Khan's new pitch

On May 21 and 22, Salman Khan will be in Dubai for an Indo-Pak celebrity cricket match. Being hosted in the UAE in collaboration with the Sheikh, proceeds will go to Salman’s charity, Being Human.

entertainment Updated: May 07, 2010 01:47 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

Salman KhanOn May 21 and 22, Salman Khan will be in Dubai for an Indo-Pak celebrity cricket match. Being hosted in the UAE in collaboration with the Sheikh, proceeds will go to Salman’s charity, Being Human.

Buzz is that the Indian side will be lead by Salman’s brother Arbaaz. When contacted, Arbaaz said, “I believe the event is happening but I haven’t spoken to my brothers (Salman and Sohail) about it yet. I’m in the midst of shooting and don’t know if I’ll be able to make it. Sohail (Khan) will have the details.”

Sohail explained that it is not the Being Human Cup as has been reported. Refusing to say more because “nothing has been finalised yet”, he advised us to connect with him next week “and I’ll have all the information for you”.

Indian XI
According to a source, Sharman Joshi, Govinda, Riteish Deshmukh and Jackie Shroff will a part of the Indian XI, along with former Indian captain, Mohammad Azharuddin and mercurial cricketer Vinod Kambli. Dia Mirza, Neha Dhupia, Riya Sen and Zarine Khan are expected to be among the cheerleaders.

Dhupia insisted that this was the first time she was hearing about the gala but Deshmukh confirmed his presence: “I don’t know the details but I got a message from Salmanbhai and immediately agreed to take part because it’s for charity.”

Sharman Joshi echoed the same: “Sohail got in touch with me. I was able to work out the dates. I haven’t bothered with the details since it is basically for charity. I’ve been told we will be playing against Pakistani celebrities.”

The Pakistani squad is expected to include Shaan Shahid, Ali Zafar, Umar Sharif, Imran Abbas, Adnan Siddiqui and Ijaz Aslam, with Iman Ali, Reema, Mahnoor Balouch, Nadia Hussein and the musical group Strings on the cheerleaders’ bench.

Salman’s business manager, Vikas Kapoor, confirmed some names, but insisted that “confirmations were still coming in”. The cricket match is supposed to be followed by a dinner and fashion show the day after.