Mithun Chakraborty to buy ICL~~s Kolkata team

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mithun ChakrabortyKolkata: Veteran Bollywood Actor Mithun Chakraborthy still looks good enough to have a fight with King Khan of Bollywood as Indian Cricket League (ICL) ropes in 'Mithun Dada' as owner of its Kolkata team, Kolkata Tigers, in an aim to match rival league IPL's Kolkata franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders, owner Shah Rukh Khan's stature.

"Yes, I have said 'Yes' to ICL. I was always interested in floating a soccer or cricket side. Now I have an opportunity," Mithun was quotted as saying by PTI

Mithun said his 'gharer chele" (son of the soil)' image would help him popularise the team among cricket buffs across West Bengal. But beyond that, he did not wish to go into any comparison with Khan.

"They (Khan and IPL) have their own way of seeing things. I have mine. So, there can be no comparison. But I can tell you one thing. I shall not flee from the ground without a fight."

To encash on his popularity across the state, the seasoned tinsel town hero was in favour of changing the name of the side to 'Royal Bengal Tigers'.

Mithun's presence could also help in boosting the brand image of the Craig Mcmillan-led team, which has attracted little attention from the media or sports afficionados ever since it came into being last year.

"People from all parts of Bengal love me, be it Malda district in North Bengal or Bolpur in South Bengal's Birbhum district.

"My fans across the state stay up whole night to have a glimpse of me. Why should I confine my team only to Kolkata and deny the rest of the state?" he asked.

Mithun said he would try to recruit some new players and support staff for the side.

"Just wait and see," he quipped. Mithun said he would also lay stress on unearthing talents from the grassroots in Bengal.


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