Bangalore: Forty six Franchises, including celebrities, politicians, business houses and educational institutions, have come forward to own a team in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) to be held here from September 12, Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) President Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar said.
Declining to divulge the names he said ''I know only the name of actor turned politician Ambareesh who wants to bid too, but about others I have no knowledge.'' He said the final figure would be known on August 3 when the tenders are opened. ''Issue of applications on payment of non-refundable Rs 10,000 began yesterday to good response.'' Replying to a question, he said it has been made very clear that no Managing Committee Member will bid for teams as it would affect the administration.
Eight teams will participate in the tournament, divided into 'Pool A' and 'Pool B'. The bidding would be for 112 players. Replying to a question, Mr Wadeyar clarified that ''the question of seeking permission for the tournament from Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) arises only if any Franchise bids for players of other states. We are ready for seeking permission if necessary. There are provisions for opting for four players from other states.''