No place for I and Me in Kings XI Punjab: Preity Zinta

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Preity Zinta, co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab, is confident that change of guard in their IPL side would not have any bad affect on the team's performance.

Updated: March 11, 2010 13:43 IST
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New Delhi:

Preity Zinta, Bollywood actor and co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab, is confident that change of guard in their IPL side would not have any adverse affect on the team's performance since they do not support 'I' and 'Me' culture.

Yuvraj Singh, the flamboyant southpaw, was replaced by Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara as captain of the team for the third season, beginning from Friday in Mumbai.

Under Yuvraj they reached the semifinal stage in the first edition in 2008 but failed miserably last year.

The Bollywood beauty said Yuvraj is a vital cog of their team and what they have done is not something alien.

"In Kings, there is no place for 'I' and 'Me'. Whole team shares good rapport and goodwill. There is no issues in the squad. Various teams have indulged in changing the structure time to time. Both Yuvraj and Sanga are wise men and integral part of the team," Zinta said.

There were some reports that coach Tom Moody had was not happy with about Yuvraj's attitude and had complained that the India superstar ignored team management's advice.

Anil Srivatsa, the franchise's chief executive officer, said, "being taken off the leadership role does not diminish Yuvraj's standing in the team. Yuvraj's inputs are vital for us and this has got nothing to do with all this."

Preity said although their side is full of international stars but she feels that youngsters would hold they key in the IPL 3.

"Local domestic players would going to be the trump card for Kings XI Punjab this year. They are the real strength of the team and if they perform, they can make a big difference.

"We can only have four foreign players in the side. Then we have players from Team India. But big difference would be four under-22 players and four players from the catchment area. For us, trump card is definitely these domestic players," the Bollywood beauty said.

They have youngsters like Luv Abhlish, Manvinder Bisla, Karan Goyal, Sunny Sohal, Uday Kaul, Amanpreet Singh, Bipul Sharma, Ajitesh Argal and Wilkin Mota in their ranks.

Preity was optimistic of putting up a stellar show.

"We are a more talented side and consists of some good batting and bowling line-up and we are sure to emerge victorious this time," she said.

She also revealed that she will skip the opening ceremony of the show-piece event in Mumbai on Friday.

"I am not going to Mumbai. I will be with my team. I have so much work to do and so many things to get completed. Most of the work is usually before the first game. Once IPL is over, I would be happy to go back to acting," she said. Preity was in the capital to attend a function organised by UNDP as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.

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