Preity Zinta feels Indian players participating in foreign leagues won't jeopardize IPL

T20-The future of cricket: Zinta.

Actress & KXIP owner Preity Zinta
Actress & KXIP owner Preity Zinta during an IPL 2017 match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

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Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta, who recently bought the Stellenbosch franchise in the Global T20 League, claimed that Indian players participating in foreign leagues such as BBL, CPL, and newly formed Global T20 League, would not pose any threat to the Indian Premier League (IPL)

Along with the Bollywood actress, Shah Rukh Khans Knight Riders, after buying the Trinidad franchise in CPL, also ventured into the South African league by buying the Cape Town franchise. Their team will be known as Cape Town Knight Rider, in analogy with Kolkata and Trinbago Knight Riders.

BCCI’s cash rich tournament have been the trailblazers of franchise cricket. Looking at the success of the IPL, every cricketing country has their own league by now. That said, cricketing stalwarts such as MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli are not seen playing for these aforementioned league, either due to packed schedule or the Board not permitting the NOC.

T20-The future of cricket: Zinta

“This was not a planned move so I just went with the flow. Some things are meant to be. It also helped that Shah Rukh Khan and GMR group were there and that the overall numbers were working,” claimed Preity Zinta when asked about what prompted her to buy the Paarl based side, according to TOI.

She was then questioned whether it would be a threat to IPL if the Indian players take part in the T20 Global League. To which the actress replied,”No. I don’t think that the Indian players taking part in other T20 leagues would be of any threat to IPL,”

In conclusion, she was enquired about her opinion of T20 being the future of cricket. To which she replied by saying,”If the game has to grow worldwide then, yes, because of it’s a three-hour format. It’s easier for fans to relate to and it’s fast & exciting.”