Cricket South Africa Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat welcomed Bollywood actress Preity Zinta as she was named as the owner of South Africa’s Paarl based Stellenbosch franchise in the T20 Global League.

Haroon Lorgat said, “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.”

To which Preity Zinta thanked Lorgat and complimented him for his “unrelenting persistence, passion and belief” in the league.

The actress is hopeful that the league will see an unrivaled fan experience in South Africa and the tournament will turn out to be a successful event.

Then she added, “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.”

Co-owner of the Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab, the Bollywood actress takes on a similar venture in the T20 Global League.

Protea Marquee, player for the Stellenbosch franchise, Faf du Plessis, expressed delight at learning about Zinta being his new team owner and said, “I have heard from my teammates that she is very good to work with, so I’m 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.”

The T20 Global League is an international Stellenbosch franchise league based in South Africa that will debut in the last quarter of 2017 with eight participating teams consisting of local and international cricket players.