Chandigarh has Preity Zinta and Kolkata has Shah Rukh Khan. The DLF Indian Premier League team from Chennai might not have any big Bollywood names attached to it, but the Chennai Super Kings are looking to make up for it by scoring where it matters the most, bagging some of the biggest international cricketers in their team including Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Shaun Pollock.
The Chennai Indian Premier League decided on the name Chennai Super Kings following an SMS poll with almost 25,000 entries. Apart from Ishant Sharma, RP Singh and Rohit Sharma, franchise owner India Cements Limited is also looking at some big international names.
Vakkadai Chandrasekhar, a former Indian player said, We might be looking at 3-4 key players from world cricket, names like Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Shaun Pollock interest me. They might have retired from the game, but they'll add a lot of value to the team, especially with youngsters brushing shoulders with them."
And while the team will have to wait until February 20 to make a final bid, Krishnamachari Srikkanth has been named the Super King's brand ambassador.
Srikkanth believes the Chennaites are very passionate knowledgeable about cricket. Being someone who was born and brought up in Chennai, my job is to ensure that we create a beautiful Chennai Super Kings community.
India Cements vice-chairman and managing director N Srinivasan said, "The runs will do the talking, we want the Chennai team to win and that is what will bring in the glamour."
The eight franchises, which spent over $718 million to get the team rights, will be present at the auction.
While each team will be allowed to register a maximum of eight foreign players, only four will be able to play in the XI.
In the tournament, based on Twenty20 matches, 59 matches will be played in 44 days starting April 18.