Mohanlal attends IPL 2020 final
The fans were treated with a wonderful surprise during the match as Shreyas Iyer & Co were locking horns with Rohit Sharma and his band when the cameras showed Malayalam Superstar Mohanlal in attendance at the stadium. The Lalettan – which he’s fondly called by fans – was amongst the VIPs who were watching the grand finale.
9th team in IPL from 2021?
As per reports, the BCCI has started making preparations for IPL 2021 and the board is also planning to host a mega auction for the upcoming season. The board is also planning to form a 9th team in the cash-rich league. Reports now claim that Mohanlal has shown his interest in buying the new franchise.
Salman Khan also shows interest
Speculations are also rife that Bollywood superstar Salman Khan – who owns a celebrity cricket league team – apart from producing movies and television shows is also interested in buying a franchise.
Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla co-own Kolkata Knight Riders franchise while Preity Zinta is the co-owner of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) franchise.
Why Mohanlal is in the race?
Reports earlier said that the new franchise is most likely based out of Ahmedabad and business tycoon Gautam Adani could be one of the top contenders for the new team.
Since BCCI has already had a franchise from Kerala, named Kochi Tuskers Kerala (now defunct), there is a possibility the board might contemplate floating a Kochi-based franchise and in that case, Mohanlal could bid for the same.
Ahmedabad to be the home to new IPL team?
With the world’s largest cricket stadium already being constructed in Ahmedabad, the BCCI might plan to choose the city as the home of the new franchise.
It may be recalled that Gujarat was earlier home to Gujarat Lions, which effectively had replaced suspended Chennai Super Kings. The Suresh Raina-led side – which was owned by tech company Intex Technologies – was based out of Rajkot and lasted only for two years, the suspension period of CSK.
The board might very well be keen on encashing the already created fan base in the state of Gujarat while shifting the venue to Ahmedabad.