Now Salman too wants his own IPL team
Bollywood action hero Salman Khan is the latest cine star to join the Indian Premier League gravy train and has expressed interest in buying a team. Rumours are that Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan are also interested in buying one. among them.cricket Updated: Aug 27, 2009 01:59 IST
Actor Salman Khan may be the next star to own an Indian Premier League (IPL) team.
He met IPL chairman Lalit Modi on Wednesday and expressed interest in bidding for a team for the event’s 2011 edition, which will see the addition of two more franchises.
Khan and Modi were at a meeting between the IPL governing council and its eight franchises. “Salman came in during the break along with some friends,” Niranjan Shah, IPL governing council’s vice-president, told HT. “They [Khan and his friends] made inquiries about buying a team.”
If he makes a successful bid, Khan will join an impressive list of Bollywood stars who own IPL teams. While rival Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla have a share in Kolkata Knight Riders, Preity Zinta has invested in King’s XI Punjab and Shilpa Shetty in Rajasthan Royals.
Modi confirmed that Khan discussed the procedure to buy a team. “He was interested to know what it takes to own a team, what’s the process, when it’ll be initiated and what’s the timeline for it,” Modi said. “I think he’s a serious buyer.”
The IPL chairman said other Bollywood stars have also expressed interest. Rumours are that Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan are among them.
The cost of a franchise could be $250 million (about Rs 1,217 crore), Shah said.
The bidding process for the additional teams will begin after the 2010 edition, when players’ contracts end.
Khan was unavailable for comment.