• "Look, no one was concerned about cricket in India for the past 100 years. Now the situation is such that most of the boards earn only when their team plays against India," Lalit Modi, who is also the chairman and commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL), told BBC's Hindi programme 'Ek Mulaqat'.

    New Delhi: The Indian cricket board is, perhaps, seen as a bully because of its firmness in dealing with the rest of the cricketing world as most Test-playing nations make money by playing India, says board vice-president Lalit Modi.

    'Look, no one was concerned about cricket in India for the past 100 years. Now the situation is such that most of the boards earn only when their team plays against India. Earlier, they used to earn when they played against Australia,' Modi, who is also the chairman and commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL), told BBC's Hindi programme 'Ek Mulaqat'.

     

    'If the various cricket boards earn money by playing against India, then we too have to put

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  • The glamorous Bollywood actress Preity Zinta described herself as the "good luck factor" of her IPL-owned franchisee - Kings XI Punjab, said in an interview to ANI.

    New Delhi: Glamorous Bollywood actress Preity Zinta described herself as the "good luck factor" of her IPL-owned franchisee - Kings XI Punjab.

    Zinta, 33, whose team will take on the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Superstars in an IPL match at the Mohali Cricket Ground on the outskirts of Chandigarh today, was quoted by The Australian as saying: "My involvement with the team is total. I am extremely passionate about our team. I believe I am the team's good luck factor, so I want to be there for everything."

    "Bollywood and cricket remain the biggest draws in our country. The IPL will witness the marriage of entertainment and cricket. It will be a great fusion and the possibilities are endless. I am excited about it," she added.

    Zinta, the star of countless Bollywood movies, is seen to symbolise all the glitz and the

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  • "Kolkata Knight Riders is my dream personified. I always wanted to be a cricketer. Now it's through my team that I am fulfilling my dream," says the Kolkata Knight Riders team owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

    Kolkata: After defeating Hyderabad's Deccan Chargers on Sunday at the Eden Gardens, the Kolkata Knight Riders and team owner Shah Rukh Khan were at the peak of their confidence about winning the Indian Premier League (IPL).

    'I love winning - whether it's IPL matches or films or a game of carom with my kids or the entire world. I believe my victory is God's assurance that I really worked hard,' the superstar said.

    'We are the toughest competition for the other seven teams. Why one team at a time-put all the seven teams on one side and see how the Knight Riders battle it out against them,' Shah Rukh told IANS on the sidelines of a press conference after Sunday's match.

    Does he not get nervous while his Knights are in action?

    'Kolkata Knight Riders is my dream

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