Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian ODI and T20 captain, and Kolkata tycoon Sanjeev Goenka have shown interest in acquiring Indian Premier League (IPL) teams which will be up for grabs. (IPL Players' Auction Deferred to 2017: Rajeev Shukla)
Both Dhoni and Goenka, it is reliably learnt, have informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that they have the requisite support to acquire the teams, whose base price starts from Rs 40 crore onwards.
Goenka, who heads Kolkata-based RPG Sanjeev Goenka group, has shown interest in acquiring a team from any other city than Kolkata, whose franchise is currently owned by Shah Rukh Khan.
Goenka, who co-owns the Atletico de Kolkata team in Indian Super League (ISL), has been urged to invest in cricket by former India captain Saurav Ganguly, a partner in his football project.
"It could be any other city, it could be Ahmedabad, Kanpur or Indore," a top BCCI source said in a telephonic interview.
Also in the race for a club is Dhoni, who has told the BCCI that he has the support of some Ranchi-based industrialists, including the Mittals.
Other companies backing Dhoni include Videocon and JSW Steel.