Amitabh Bachchan denies reports of him and Abhishek eyeing IPL stakes
“This news is incorrect." - Big B.
Published - Jan 24, 2019 11:21 am | Updated - Jan 24, 2019 11:21 am
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a new destination of Indian cricket since 2008 and has changed the course of the nation’s journey with the game. The appeal of the glitzy T20 tournament is something that even big shots from India’s film industry have not been able to overlook. From Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta to Shilpa Shetty, there has been more than one name from the glamour industry which has remained involved with the annual carnival for a while now.
Recently, another big star of Bollywood found himself in headlines over involvement with the IPL though he has straightaway denied such reports. The actor is none other than Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan who has said that his family was never interested in picking equity stakes in any of the franchises of the cash-rich tournament. He was quoted as saying, “This news is incorrect,” India Today reported.
The 76-year-old actor was reportedly interested along with his son Abhishek to buy stakes in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), the two franchises who returned last season after serving two years of suspension. It was also reported that while the father-son duo’s talks with current champions CSK were unsuccessful, talks with RR had gone beyond the initial round. Abhishek had also met Royals co-owner Manoj Badale in London, Times of India reported.
Bachchans have teams in football and kabaddi leagues
It may be mentioned here that the Bachchans have stakes in Indian Super League franchise Chennaiyin FC and Pro Kabaddi League side Jaipur Pink Panthers. The senior Bachchan has also been seen promoting Pro Kabaddi League by lending a singing voice.
The 2019 edition of the IPL is set to be held early in March-May owing to the World Cup which will kick off in England on May 30. The CSK went on to win their third title on return to the tournament last year under an inspiring captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who also has stakes in Chennaiyin FC along with Abhishek.
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