New Delhi: Come Indian Premier League 2015, one thing is for sure - Preity Zinta will be cheering for Kings XI Punjab. The Bollywood actress, who accused Kings XI co-owner and former boy-friend Ness Wadia for manhandling and abusing her during an IPL match on May 30, has said she is not selling her stakes in the cricket team.
"A big Thank U 2all the people 4the support. Amazed at how much speculation in the media. No I'm not selling my stake or settling in the US (sic)," she posted on her Twitter account.
Probably the most enthusiastic of all team owners in the IPL, Preity was a regular in the stands during Kings XI's matches this season. Backed by her support team, including former India all-rounder and KXIP coach Sanjay Bangar, Preity was in action during the IPL auctions in February this year.
The 39-year-old Bollywood actress made as much news as a Glenn Maxwell or a George Bailey or a Virender Sehwag with her happy-go-lucky mannerisms during IPL games. Kings XI made it to the finals this season, eventually losing to Kolkata Knight Riders. The IPL has truly been Preity's strongest business card.
Preity had filed a police complaint last week accusing the 44-year-old Ness of abusing her after the pair got into an argument while watching their team play the Chennai Super Kings at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.
Preity and Ness, scion of the Wadia group, an Indian conglomerate with interests including in real estate, textiles and a low-budget airline, called off their five-year relationship in 2009. In a statement last week, Ness Wadia called the allegations "totally false and baseless".