Shahrukh Khan, who owns the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premiere League(IPL) is all geared up for the upcoming Indian football league. The Bollywood superstar is planning to bid for the Kolkata franchise of the new league promoted by All India Football Federation (AIFF) and IMG-Reliance.
The actor had different plans earlier but he has changed his mind now. "Earlier I was planning to buy stakes in Goan I-League club Dempo and now with the new franchise-based league coming up, I will have a look at it. I will love to own a franchise," Shahrukh revealed.
SRK also told that he is interested in buying the Kolkata team. "I will love to have the Kolkata football club," he said. AIFF's commercial partner IMG-Reliance plans to glamourise this Indian football league early next year. The plan is to have eight clubs, 176 players, 72 overseas stars and 10 weeks of packed action.
This new tournament is scheduled to kick off on January 18 and go on till March 30. This league will be on the same page as Indian Premier League (IPL) which is also managed by IMG.
The ten cities that have been shortlisted for the auction are Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Goa and Guwahati. So it looks like Shahrukh's dreams of promoting football may finally come alive.
Have a look at the slide show for images and information on Shahrukh Khan being associated with sports. (Inputs from IANS)