What cannot be changed has to be endured: Shilpa Shetty on IPL

March 28th, 2009 - 8:58 am ICT by IANS  

By Fakir Hassen
Johannesburg, March 28 (IANS) “What cannot be changed has to be endured,” Bollywood actress and Rajasthan Royals owner told a press conference here Friday, ahead of the IPL series in South Africa from April 18.Shetty made a whistlestop visit from London as the Rajasthan Royals became the first IPL team to announce plans for the second edition of the hugely successful series which will be played out in South Africa because of security concerns in India.

“I can’t deny the fact that it was very disappointing, but we have started getting used to it,” Shetty said.

“It was very, very sad but understandable that the series could not be played in India.

“It was a question of a tournament in another country or no tournament.”

Shetty, with her beau Raj Kundra in tow but keeping a low profile, said the IPL series here would provide an opportunity for “work with pleasure” as she expressed confidence in the Rajasthan Royals’ ability to “push the envelope”.

“South Africa is a fantastic cricket-hosting country with fantastic weather,” Shetty added, before heading off to watch the visiting Australians being beaten by South Africa in their Twenty20 match at the Wanderers stadium here.

The Rajasthan Royals will kick off the series with a match against Royal Challengers in the first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Newlands, Cape Town April 18, but not before local fans get a unique taste of what is to come when the defending IPL champions match wits with the South African provincial Pro 20 Series champions, the Cape Cobras, in three warm-up matches.

IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi said the public are likely to be allowed in to watch these practice games.

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