Preity Zinta    AFP
Preity Zinta AFP

T20 leagues are slowly catching up the pace, be it media rights auction of IPL or South Africa’s own T20 Global League (T20GL). The T20GL is set to take place between November-December. Bollywood’s Shahrukh Khan, who is the owner of two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), had extended his Knight Riders franchise to T20 Global League, owning Cape Town Knight Riders. Lately, Preity Zinta is the new Bollywood celebrity to own a franchise in the T20GL. Preity Zinta, who already co-owns Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in IPL, would soon become the owner of Stellenbosch Monarchs.

Cricket South Africa (CSA)’s Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat welcomed Preity Zinta in the Global League family and said, “I am extremely proud to announce and warmly welcome Preity Zinta to South Africa and the T20 Global League family. The introduction of a Bollywood star like Preity Zinta speaks volumes for the T20 Global League and finalizes an eminent and enviable group of owners. Her experience and stardom will add value to the T20GL. It pays to work diligently and to be patient when setting up a League of the magnitude we envisage,” as quoted by Indian Express. Preity Zinta is also equally excited to be part of the T20GL and thanked Haroon Lorgat for the opportunity.

“I would like to compliment and thank Haroon Lorgat from Cricket South Africa for his unrelenting persistence, passion and belief in the T20 Global league which inspired me to come on board. I firmly believe that this is the most exciting time for young South African cricketing talent. This league will give them an opportunity to take the leap from becoming the best in the country to becoming the best in the world. I hope the people of the Winelands area of South Africa have an unrivalled fan experience during this tournament and believe together we will make our team and stadium something very special,” Preity said.

Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis who will be leading the franchise is also looking forward to working with Preity Zinta, “I’m very excited to see that Preity Zinta has come on board. I have heard from my teammates that she is very good to work with, so I am looking forward to working with her and seeing how she impacts our team space. She is also very passionate about the sport and I am sure local fans will have an awesome time at Boland Park.”