Preity Zinta denies rift with Sehwag

Kings XI Punjab's loss to Rajasthan Royals triggered a war of words between co-owner Preity Zinta and mentor Virender Sehwag with the co-owner questioning the mentor's decisions. Zinta, however, took to Twitter to deny rift claims.

Kings XI Punjab mentor Virender Sehwag (left) with co-owner Preity Zinta.   -  K. Murali Kumar

According to reports, the leadership group of Kings XI Punjab fell out with the management group after its recent loss against Rajasthan Royals.

The team is sitting pretty in the third spot in the eight-team league, but Preity Zinta apparently wasn't satisfied with some of the decisions made by the team management. Reportedly Virender Sehwag was disappointed with the management's interference in his methods and mentorship.

 

Zinta had taken to Twitter to deny claims of rift. "Mumbai Mirror gets it wrong again because we didn't do Media net & pay them to write articles cuz that's the only time they get it right. A conversation between Viru & me has been blown out of proportion & suddenly I'm a Villian! Wow! #fakenews," Zinta tweeted.

And Kings XI has also released a statement in response to the media reports:

"This is in response to the media articles that have been published in the last couple of days on the supposed disagreement which was reported after Kings XI's last game.  

The stories have led to a lot of speculation and we at Kings XI Punjab would like to clearly state that as part of our management process, (as well as other franchisees)  we review our performance on and off the field after each game through both, formal and informal discussions.

This is part of our standard operations review process which helps us to analyse our results and allow us to focus on the improvement required after each game, both on and off the field so that we can continue to improve in all aspects. 

The culture in Kings XI is one that is open and non-hierarchical, and is one which encourages open and frank debate by one and all across all levels with the common goal of continuous improvement.  

It is unfortunate that this open and transparent culture has been misconstrued and highlighted in a negative manner, so as to tarnish and damage our image as well as that of the IPL”.

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