Just a few days after the conclusion of a terribly long IPL Twenty20 cricket contest comes a new league which is not only owned by Bollywood celebrities but also has them as part of the teams. This inaugural tournament aims to bring together leading personalities from the various film industries in India namely Bollywood (Mumbai – Hindi), Kollywood (Chennai – Tamil), Tollywood (Andhra Pradesh-Telugu) and Sandalwood (Karnataka – Kannada). As hilarious as all of this sounds, the tournament is not a joke and has a reasonable amount of investment backing it. Salman Khan and Suniel Shetty are perhaps two of most well known celebrities who will be playing in the tournament leading the team for Bollywood which has been named as Mumbai Heroes.
Ritesh Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Sonu Sood, Sohail Khan and Arbaaz Khan are some of the other Bollywood celebrities playing for the Mumbai Heroes team. Three other teams namely Chennai Rhinos (representing Kollywood), Telugu Warriors (representing Tollywood) and Karnataka Bulldozers (representing Sandalwood) form the rest of the league playing each other once over a two week period. The matches will be held on two weekends with the first games being played on June 4 and June 5.
Television rights for the matches have also been sold with Sahara One broadcasting the games nationally in English and Hindi. If all goes well with this year’s series the organizers plan to add two more teams representing the Malyalam and Bengali film industries next year.
Now with the CCL inplace its probably the best time to start introducing cricket players into films so as to strengthen these teams. Who knows, the CCL might overshadow the IPL one day.