Akshay and Riteish as IPL T20 umpires?
Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh are likely to don the roles of umpires during the next season of IPL T20 in its fifth edition in 2012 if the efforts of director Sajid Khan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala turn fruitful. Of course, it is a publicity and promotional activity for their film Housefull 2 which will release during the IPL season next year.
But the problem is how to get non professional cricket umpires into IPL which is a highly professional event. Sajid Nadiadwala is already in talks with the IPL governing body to understand the logistics involved. He is also trying to make sure that if not for the entire match, Akshay and Riteish could take to the ground for a few overs at least. Eventually, if nothing else works out, they may just be seated in a private cabin at the stadium and give their views unofficially
Interestingly, cricketers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina appear in guest roles in the film Housefull 2.