Now, Salman wants an IPL Team
They say cricket and Bollywood are inseparable. After Shah Rukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta, now it’s Salman’s turn to make his presence felt in the entertainment sector by owning an IPL (Indian Premier League) team.
Reportedly, Salman Khan met IPL commissioner Lalit Modi on Tuesday afternoon at a plush Mumbai suburban hotel just before the IPL committee met. Though Salman tried his best to keep it a secret, Modi let the cat out of the bag when he interacted with the media saying, “We’ve been having discussions for the last few months, but this is our first official meeting. He (Salman) was interested in knowing what it takes to own a team and the process involved. I think he is a serious buyer.’’
Modi also informed that Salman is interested in a “new team’’. Looks like Salman doesn’t want to be left behind his friend-turned-foe Shah Rukh Khan, owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, who was quite the toast of IPL Season -2.
Interestingly, apart from Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan and Sanjay Dutt too have shown interest in buying an IPL team. Modi confirms, “We have had a large number of people interested in the IPL, with over 20 celebrities wanting to become franchisees. They want to bid for the two new teams that will feature in the 2011 season.”
Untill now, the IPL has been an 8-team affair. But two years from now, in its fourth edition, it will expand to 10 teams for IPL season-3. The tenders for the two new IPL teams will be floated in December and the bidding will take place next May or June. The ownership cost for a new team could be in the range of $200-300 million.