Actors Vijay or Surya would be named as the icon player of Kollywood ‘s newly formed cricketing team ‘Chennai Super Stars’ and will participate in the upcoming that is to participate in the Celebrity Cricket League, which has triggered interest in various circles.
Disclosing this at a press conference, Nadigar Sangam president Sarathkumar said, “We are looking to prepare well for the contest. ”
Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) an initiative combining the two most popular forms of entertainment- cinema and cricket will kickstart from January 22, bringing together Southern film industry and Bollywood to play a their own version of T20 (Celebrity Cricket League T20).
The three other teams in the fray for Rs 25 lakh aside the Chennai Super Stars are the Mumbai Heroes(Bollywood), Telugu Tigers(Tollywood) and Bangalore Royals(Sandalwood).
Actor Abbas will captain the Kollywood cricket team that has Sarath Kumar,Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Simbu, Dhanush,Ramesh,Jeeva, Arya,Madhavan,Shantanoo,Jai, Abbas, Narain, Shaam, Karthik Kumar,Ramana and Vikranth. While either Vijay or Surya will represent the team as iconic player.
Sohail Khan, who has named the Bollywood team as Mumbai Heroes, is its owner,and Suniel Shetty is the captain of the team while Salman Khan is the icon player. The Mumbai Heroes team includes Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Kunal Khemu, Ashish Choudhary, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Makrand Deshpande, Kabir Sadanand, Apoorva Lakhia, Sonu Sood, Harman Baweja, Angad Bedi, Irrfan Khan, and Zayed Khan.
Kannada actor Sudeep will captain the Sandalwood team while Puneet Rajkumar will be the icon player for that team. Tollywood is yet to announce their team players and icon players.
To a question on why the Malayalam film industry was not participating in the first season of the CCL, Sarath Kumar said, “The Malayalam film industry was approached and it seems, they are currently preparing for a grand star show to be held early next year. So, they won’t be participating in the first season. However, they have given us an assurance that they will participate in the next season.”
The tournament scheduled to be held on January 22 and 23 at Bangalore and on 29 and 30 at Hyderabad which will have a total of six league matches and a final.