The Indian Street Premier League (ISPL), India’s groundbreaking tennis ball T10 cricket tournament played within stadiums, has announced that Bollywood power couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan will be the proud owners of the Kolkata team. This collaboration shines a spotlight on the Pataudi legacy, as Saif Ali Khan’s father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, was a legendary Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian cricket team. The Pataudi family also shares a special connection to Kolkata, as Saif Ali Khan’s mother, Sharmila Tagore, is the great-great-grandniece of Rabindranath Tagore, a beloved icon of India and West Bengal.
The entry of Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan into the league has ignited fresh excitement among cricket fans nationwide. They join a star-studded lineup of celebrity superstars who have taken on the role of team owners, including Amitabh Bachchan (Mumbai), Akshay Kumar (Srinagar), Hrithik Roshan (Bengaluru), Suriya (Chennai), and Ram Charan (Hyderabad).
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan expressed their enthusiasm, stating, “We are thrilled to embark on this incredible journey with the Indian Street Premier League (ISPL). Our partnership with ISPL represents our love for cricket and the vibrant spirit of the City of Joy, Kolkata. This city holds a special place in our hearts due to our family’s legacy and connections to the state. Here’s to an exhilarating season where teamwork, talent, and sheer determination take center stage. Our association goes beyond ownership, as we share a commitment to the spirit of the format, which aims to inspire a new generation of cricketing talent.”
Ashish Shelar, Core Committee Member of the Indian Street Premier League, commented, “Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s entry into ISPL marks a significant moment for our league. Their passion for the game and iconic stature will inspire Kolkata’s aspiring cricketers, encouraging their enthusiastic participation in this tournament. We look forward to a successful collaboration and an exciting season ahead.”