Salman vs Shah Rukh on the cricket field
The on-screen rivalry between Bollywood's two super stars--Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan--could spill over to the cricket field if Salman's desire to own a team in the popular Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 competition is fulfilled.
Salman has expressed interest in buying a new team when the competition expands to a 10-team event in the year 2011 and even met IPL Chairman Lalit Modi in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Modi said Salman has, in fact, been in discussion with him for the last few months but a formal meeting took place only on Wednesday about his interest in bidding for the ownership of a new team when two more teams are added to the 2011 edition of the competition.
He said Salman was a "serious buyer" and wanted to know what it takes to own a team, what is process and what is the timeline for it.
Sources said the franchise for the two new teams in IPL in 2011 may cost more than US $ 200 million- 300 million.
The eight teams in the inaugural edition of the IPL tournament in 2008 were bought for between US $ 67 million dollars and 112 million when they went under the hammer prior to the competition.
If Salman does indeed own a team in IPL, it would further add to the silver screen glamour to the tournament where Shah Rukh and actress Juhi Chawla jointly own Kolkata Knight Riders team and Bollywood actresses Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty own Kings Eleven, Punjab, and Rajasthan Royals respectively.
According to Modi, more than 20 celebrities are interested in buying a team in IPL but he declined to name them.
The IPL Chairman acknowledged that the presence of film stars does add to the glitter of the tournament. "It does add to the spark", he said.
Cricket and Bollywood are among the biggest obsessions of Indian people and the association of the two in the two IPL tournaments so far has clearly been proved by the huge turnout of spectators.