Bollywood star's new cricket team
NEW owner, new name, new colours – that’s the effect of having Bollywood superstar Preity Zinta in charge of a cricket team.
Held at the Val de Vie Estate between Paarl and Franschhoek, Zinta launched her T20 Global League franchise with much fanfare yesterday, and proved that she is not just all glitz and glam as she renamed the team Stellenbosch Kings – in line with her IPL franchise, the Kings XI Punjab.
Previously named the Stellenbosch Monarchs, the Kings will sport the familiar red, gold and grey colours of their IPL cousins.
A difference for the Stellenbosch Kings logo, though, is a golden lion in the middle, which Zinta said identifies the team with South Africa, while the gold “is for shopping!”
She said a chance meeting with Cricket SA chief executive Haroon Lorgat resulted in her taking the opportunity to be involved with the T20 Global League, which starts on November 3 at Newlands.
“I was in Dubai for work, and I bumped into Haroon in the hotel, and we started talking about it, and that was it! I really do believe in this format (T20 cricket),” Zinta said.
The Kings’ first match in the T20 Global League will be against the Pretoria Mavericks on November 4 at Boland Park.
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