MUMBAI: Bollywood actress and Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta has been confirmed as the owner of the Stellenbosch franchise in South Africa’s T20 Global League.
“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 finalises 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,” Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat said.
Zinta became a co-owner of the IPL franchise Kings Punjab XI in 2008 and at that stage was the only woman owner of an IPL team.
In the #T20GL, it’s a similar situation as she looks to turn the Paarl-based franchise into a winner.
“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,” explained Zinta.
Zinta is expected to visit South Africa during next week.
The Stellenbosch team play their first home game on Saturday, 4 November, at Boland Park, Paarl at 2.30 pm (local time) against the Jo’burg Giants.
Ticketing details for the competition will be announced soon.