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Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta has been accused of allegedly abusing and threatening to sack team coach Sanjay Bangar after team’s one-run loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
According to Indian media reports, Preity, upset with Bangar’s choice of the batting order in Monday’s cliff-hanger that left her team languishing at the bottom of the Indian Premier League table. She lashed out at the coach in the presence of players and support staff. Both Preity and Bangar denied the incident on Wednesday.
However, the same was independently confirmed by four witnesses who were present in the dug-out. None of them, for obvious reasons, were willing to be quoted.
“It was a long monologue with a four-letter being used liberally. Everybody was stunned as Preity repeatedly threatened to sack Sanjay. Nobody spoke a word. Sanjay cut a sorry figure which was sad because he was surrounded by young players and support staff he is supposed to lead. It was rather unbecoming of the team owner,” said a source who was witness to the incident.
Preity also chose not to attend the presentation ceremony after an unfortunate loss and instead sent her mother to the ground.
Kings XI Punjab are currently at the bottom of the points table, with three wins and six points from 10 games with no chance of qualifying for the play-offs.
Source: Business Recorder