Mumbai:  Kings XI Punjab team owner Preity Zinta refuted rumours of selling her Indian Premier League (IPL) team.

"We were going to do a stake offload, a bit of it. But there was this random rumour (of selling it). I don't think I will ever go out of it completely because to me it’s my baby. I have worked very hard for it. I have given my life to it. I can't just wash my hands off it. But I think now it is settled and is in its own zone," she said.

The dimpled beauty along with her ex-boyfriend Ness Wadia and others acquired ownership rights in 2008 for the Mohali-based Twenty20 cricket team of the IPL.

There were rumours that shaken by the scrutiny by income tax and other officials, who came down heavily on former IPL Chief Lalit Modi, Preity and Ness were looking at selling their stake.

Also, her cricket franchise ran into trouble with BCCI for faulty monetary transactions.  However, Preity and co-owner Ness were cleared of all allegations.

(Agencies)