Bollywood and Hollywood actors who purchased cricket teams

The Indian Premier League (IPL) fostered a marriage between entertainment and cricket. Since then there have been other film personalities who have ventured onto the cricket field. Nishad Pai Vaidya lists seven actors who own bought cricket teams.



1. Shahrukh Khan (Kolkata Knight Riders):


Shahrukh Khan, the badshah of Bollywood, has been a prominent face in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after purchasing the Kolkata franchise in 2008. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is one of the most popular sports teams in India, largely due to the ‘King Khan’ factor. Shahrukh is the owner, mascot and the biggest fan of KKR which has won the IPL in 2012 and 2014.


2. Juhi Chawla (Kolkata Knight Riders):


She co-owns the KKR with Shahrukh and her husband Jay Mehta. One of the most popular Bollywood actresses of her time, Juhi is regularly seen at the stadium, cheering for her team with an army of supporters from the stands, than in the dugout.


3. Preity Zinta (Kings XI Punjab):


She is the biggest advertisement for her team Kings XI Punjab, which she co-owns with her former boyfriend Ness Wadia, Mohit Burman and Karan Paul Preity has a 23 per-cent stake in the franchise. In sharp contrast to Juhi, Preity make her presence on the ground in the most animated manner. Following a few tough seasons, Kings XI made it through to the final of the 2014 IPL.


4. Shilpa Shetty (Rajasthan Royals):


Shilpa Shetty was a late entrant into the IPL bandwagon. Along with Raj Kundra, now her husband, she bought an 11.7 percent stake in the Rajasthan Royals franchise in 2009. The omnipresent smile on Shilpa’s face was missing for a while in 2013, when Kundra came under the scanner for allegations of betting.


5. Mithun Chakraborty (Royal Bengal Tigers):


Mithun Chakraborty followed in Shahrukh’s footsteps when he purchased the Kolkata Tigers in the Indian Cricket League (ICL). The Kolkata Tigers were then renamed Royal Bengal Tigers.


6. Mark Wahlberg (Barbados Tridents):


The Caribbean Premier League (CPL), inaugurated in 2013, brought some Hollywood attention to the game in the West Indies when American Mark Wahlberg, actor, producer, model, and former rapper, purchased an equity interest in the Barbados Tridents. The Tridents won the CPL 2014.


7. Gerard Butler (Jamaica Tallawahs):


Scotsman Gerard Butler, who gained positive reviews for his work in The Phantom of the Opera, purchased equity in the Jamaica Tallawahs in 2013. The Tallawahs, led by Chris Gayle, were the champions of the inaugural edition of the CPL. Incidentally, Butler is also a huge football fan, and is an avid follower of Glasgow football club Celtic.