‘Smaller star’ SRK says CCL doesn’t need him

Actor-producer Shah Rukh Khan Saturday said he personally doesn’t have time to play cricket and the Cricket Championship League (CCL) doesn’t need a ‘smaller star’ like him.

‘I will be really honest... I am someone who believes professionalising sports in this country is perhaps the most important aspect if I can any way get attached to it. I am happy that I am associated with it,’ Shah Rukh said at the opening ceremony of the University Cricket Championship.

‘I personally won’t get time to play cricket so I don’t think I will be attached to anything else but if it requires me.. I think there are so many stars in CCL (Celebrity Cricket League), I don’t think they need a smaller star like me,’ he said.

Superstar Salman Khan was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the third edition of CCL and was cheering for Mumbai Heroes — the team owned by his brother Sohail Khan.

Shah Rukh feels one needs to create alternate professions for youngsters in the country and sports is the greatest profession.

‘Sports is perhaps the greatest profession in this country. We hope with this, many more tournaments are created . This is just the beginning,’ he added.

He also feels there is no combination like sports and women. ‘You have to start somewhere and this is just the beginning slowly, it will spread to more places. Specifically if you ask me, then there is no combination like sports and women. I would be really happy if it went across and women participate in it,’ he said.

He also urged Indian parents to not look at sports only as a hobby for their kids. ‘I am a big speaker of sports as a commercial success. Parents should know that it can be a salary job. Your kids will be very proud of you. I am passionate about sports, be it cricket, hockey, football or badminton and platforms like this give me as a sports enthusiast a hope for a brighter future in sports of all kinds in India,’ he added.
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