Salman Khan leaves Shah Rukh Khan alone...

Salman tweets he is not interested in IPL bid

Debt-ridden Indian Premiere League (IPL) team Deccan Chargers are looking for potential buyers and it was widely reported that Bollywood actor Salman Khan will be one of the bidders.

But as Deccan Chargers stand under the hammer, Salman Khan rules himself out of the contention.

Salman Khan took to Twitter to make his intentions clear, he wrote: "No IPL team for me jst being human n movies".

Due to the financial troubles of their present owners, Deccan Chronicle Holdings -  the Hyderabad-based filmmaker and  financier - are looking for potential buyers.

IPL already has a hoard of Bollywood celebrities as co-owners of teams featuring in the cricketing extravaganza.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla are the co-owners of Kolkata Knight Riders who are the reigning champions of the League.

Shilpa Shetty co-owns Rajasthan Royals who lifted the trophy in the first season of IPL. The Kings XI Punjab also has a celebrity co-owner, Preity Zinta.

So when Deccan Chargers opened up for sale there was a buzz that Shah Rukh Khan's arch rival Salman Khan might also get involved in IPL.

But his tweet revealed that he was not interested in bid for any IPL team.

It is not that Salman Khan is completely detached from cricket.

He is the brand ambassador of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) which is held every year among different film industries in India.

His brother Sohail Khan holds the franchise of the Mumbai team.

Last year when Salman, Sohail and other celebrities were in Dubai to promote CCL, Emirates 24|7 quizzed Sohail about IPL, he said, "We really don't want to  get into IPL. There's lot of politics in IPL and we want to enjoy the beautiful game of cricket."

Speculations were flying high about Salman bidding for the Chargers and a clash of SRK-Salman in cricket as well.

The fact that Salman and Shah Rukh are rivals is not news to any Bollywood fan.

Their rivalry gets more highlighted at times than their work. If the two happen to be under the same roof for an event the cause takes a backseat.

So it was but obvious that people were upbeat with speculations of Salman joining the bandwagon of celebrities in IPL.


On Thursday when the bidding process started Deccan Chargers, went unsold.

Deccan Chronicle Holdings, which had placed advertisements in newspapers last week inviting bids for the cash-strapped Hyderabad-based team, received just one proposal when the bids were opened.

The company "rejected the bid on the basis of the payment terms offered by the bidder," the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which owns the IPL, said in a statement.

The board has the right to go ahead and sell the team franchise on its own if Deccan does not come out with an alternate plan by September 15.

Among the leading players forming DC, which won the tournament in 2009 but finished second-last this season, are Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, South African fast bowler Dale Steyn and Australian batsman Cameron White.

The sixth edition of the IPL will be held in April-May next year.


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