Preity Zinta installs Kings
Tribune News Service
Tribune News Service
Preity Zinta jumps with joy while Yuvraj and Daler Mehndi look on during the launch of the team’s anthem.
Preity with players of Team Mohali at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Monday. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu
Mohali, March 31
It’s official now. The Mohali team, being led by all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, is “Kings XI Punjab”. This was formally announced by the co-promoter of the team and actor Preity Zinta during the launch ceremony of the team at the Punjab Cricket Stadium here today.
The ceremony, the venue of which was shifted from the Sector 17 plaza to the stadium due to security reasons, started around 8 pm.
“The people of Punjab are brave, royal and with huge hearts. During our SMS campaign for suggesting the name of the team, we got tremendous response. Many names like Maharaja XI, Balle-Balle XI, came up. But we decided to have a name that evinced royalty, bravery and the spirit of the people of the state,” Preity Zinta said while unveiling the logo of the team during an unimpressive ceremony.
Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Sree Santh, Piyush Chawla, Bombay Dyeing scion Ness Wadia, PCA president I.S. Bindra and pop singer Daler Mehndi were present.
Terming the players as “sher of Punjab”, Preity said like the people of the region, the franchise also had pinned “great hopes on our players who are the youngest team”.
“Our logo has two roaring lions and symbolises not only the spirit of Punjabis, but also represents Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh, who was the first Indian to lead an Indian cricket team to the Lord’s in 1911. On the banner, KJHPH stand for the five states of the region — Kashmir, Jammu, Himachal, Punjab and Haryana,” she said.
Yuvraj said the team was well-balanced and consisted of young and smart cricketers. “It is very nice to be back here. I hope we will emerge winner,” he said, appealing fans to be present during matches.
Giving reasons for the late launch of the team, Preity said they did not want to launch the team in the absence of its coach Tom Moody, who was not in the country.
“We want him to be with us during the first major function of the team. So, we got late,” she said. The video of the team’s anthem, being composed by Daler Mehndi, was also shown.
Tickets from April 7 The sale of tickets for the IPL matches will start from April 7. Cricket buffs would be able to get tickets worth Rs 50, Rs 250, Rs 750 and Rs 3,000 from Café Coffee Day and Future Group outlets. The online sale of tickets would begin from April 4 on Ticketpro. “For students, we have priced the ticket for only Rs 50,” Preity Zinta said.
On Roster Yuvraj Singh, Brett Lee, Irfan Pathan, Sree Santh, Piyush Chawla, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardane, Romesh Powar, James Hopes, VRV Singh, Kyle Mills, Luke Pomersvach, Uday Kaul, Yash Gandhi, Tanmay Srivastava, Karan Goel, Ajitesh Argal, Simon Katach, Sunny Sohal, Pankaj Dharmani, Sahil Kukreja and Wilken Mota.