As the rumors blowing in the air for quite a long time, is this high time for the Bollywood megastar Salman Khan to buy an IPL team and enter the league of Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty who all own or used to own an IPL franchise? Though when asked the “Daabang” Khan of the B-Town clearly shrugged off the rumors and said as of now he has no intention to join the bandwagon and put his money on buying an IPL team under his name.
Salman clearly says the logic behind his apathy of buying an IPL franchise is he does not want to steal the limelight from the players and the sport just because he owns an IPL team, and also emphasizes on the fact that he wants to do something constructive for the overall development of the sports, which can be achieved without owning an IPL team.
Salman, who has been recently appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent’s for the upcoming Rio Olympics, was asked in a recent interview with the Bombay Times whether he is planning to buy an IPL team just like other superstars like Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta did, the “Bhaijaan” of the film industry said he has no such intentions and would never buy an IPL team in recent future too. But he also said that he would like to help and promote sports as a whole throughout the country and would do in his own way.
Salman said and we are quoting, “I don’t see myself fighting with Delhi, Pune or KKR.No doubt, it’s a wonderful way to promote sports, but I want to be there (pointing to the top). So, when it becomes Salman’s team versus Preity’s team or Shah Rukh’s team, it no longer remains a sporting thing, it gets into the area of gossip. Also, the responsible press’ will take away focus from the match, and I don’t want to give anybody that kind of mileage. I want to do something for the overall development of sports.”
So, it is a bit disappointing for his fans that Salman will not own an IPL team in recent future but the reason he has given to justify his decision is also right. As soon as he will own an IPL franchise, we will tag the match between his team and KKR or KXIP as “Salman vs Shah Rukh” match or “Salman vs Preity” match, which will ultimately hamper the game and will also shift the focus from the main event. So now we can only hope that Salman will keep his promises of promoting sports countywide using his humongous popularity and fan base and then may be one day he will eventually own an IPL team.