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IPL powerbroker Shah admits Blackburn plans already advanced

Indian Premier League cricket powerbroker Niranjan Shah insists the family's move for Blackburn Rovers is serious.

Indian businessman Saurin Shah is leading a Mumbai group who have made an official bid to buy Rovers.

Saurin is described by sources in Mumbai as 'a little-known businessman'.

But his uncle Niranjan, deputy chairman of cricket's Indian Premier League, is a well-known figure in the country.

Niranjan Shah told the Lancashire Telegraph: "It is serious interest but we know we will have to work very hard to make it happen and Saurin and his group have been doing that for a while now.

"I think there is a 25 per cent Asian population and we want to explore the opportunities there.

"I hope some Indian people in Blackburn, and other Blackburn fans, are excited about it but let us not get carried away just yet.

"Interest in the Premier League in India will pick up, I have no doubt. We hope to make Blackburn the first team out there. We see potential there.

"People in India are already excited about it.

"At the moment there has been no final commitment from either party but we will wait and see. We know we would have to come up with some money.

"I don't want to go into the details but we know it would cost to buy the club and we would hope to strengthen the squad a lot if it was to happen.

"We do have money for the club."

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