Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh join the race alongside Adani and Goenka Group to own an IPL franchise

It should not come as a surprise for cricket fans, considering the fact that IPL and Bollywood stars have had a close-knit relationship over the years.

As the date for the announcement of the two new IPL teams gets nearer, new names are popping up, who has picked up the ITT. Earlier it was The Glazers family, the proud owners of the marquee English club Manchester United, who were in the news for picking up the ITT. Now, according to some sources of Outlook, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s name is also associated with the list of the bidders for the new team.

It should not come as a surprise for cricket fans, considering the fact that IPL and Bollywood stars have had a close-knit relationship over the years. While Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla co-own the KKR franchise, Preity Zinta owns some shares in Punjab Kings, and Shilpa Shetty is a former shareholder in the Rajasthan Royals team. However, the question now remains that who shall get the tender for the two new teams. Earlier it was believed that it was going to be a simple affair with Adani and Goenka group bidding for the two teams. But now it has turned into an intense battle, with several high-profile people and consortium joining the race.

Coming back to Deepika and Ranveer, they both have been around long enough to be associated with the sport. Especially Deepika, who has it in her blood, with her father Prakash Padukone being the former All England Badminton Champion. Ranveer too on the other hand has been seen as the face of English Premier League Football, recently he also became the face of one of the most popular Basketball leagues, the NBA.

The result of the bidding is said to be announced on the 25th of October in Dubai, a day after the high-octane clash between India and Pakistan.

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