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Bollywood star 'wants IPL team'

Salman Khan
Salman Khan is apparently interested in buying a new team

Bollywood star Salman Khan is interested in buying a team in the India Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament, IPL authorities say.

The actor met IPL chairman Lalit Modi and showed interest in a "new team", Mr Modi said.

Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty already own or jointly own IPL teams with partners.

IPL will expand the competition from eight to 10 teams for 2011, when a fresh player auction will take place.

Mr Modi told reporters that Khan had been in talks about buying a team for a number of months.

"He was interested in knowing what it takes to own a team and the process involved - when his move could be initiated and how long it would take. I think he is a serious buyer," Mr Modi was quoted as saying by The Times Of India.

A member of the IPL governing council Rajeev Shukla said there would be "other bidders [for teams] as well along with Salman Khan".

"And whosoever comes up with the maximum bid will win a team."

Mr Modi said "over 20 celebrities" were interested in buying new IPL teams.

Shah Rukh owns the Calcutta team, while Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty co-own the Punjab and Rajasthan teams.

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