Bol­ly­wood star's new cricket team

Cape Argus - - FRONT PAGE - Ash­fak Mo­hamed

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.

SU­PER­STAR: Pre­ity Zinta

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