Preity: New Zealand PM's guest

Preity Zinta was�personally invited by the Prime Minister of New Zealand for a special evening reception along with the Indian cricket team at the Parliament of NZ.

Preity is right now in NZ to watch the cricket one-day series between India and New Zealand. While she was here, she was invited by their Prime Minister John Key for an evening reception. "I have just come out of the reception. It was really a pleasure meeting the man, who is so down-to-earth and I hear extremely popular," says the actress.

Apparently, Mr. John and Preity discussed cricket�most of the time. Preity adds that she was extremely concerned for the Sri Lankan team when they were attacked in Pakistan. "I have been in touch with the boys from my team (Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawardene), and they are fine. My prayers are with those boys," she said. Further talking about the incident, she said, "It's a sad day for cricket and sports in general. I am deeply shocked at what has happened and I strongly condemn these attacks. My sympathies are with the team and I hope they emerge out of this stage."

Certain New Zealand cricketers have expressed their concern over safety issues during the IPL. However, sources close to her say that Preity explained and convinced the NZ PM about the how safe India was and how capable the Indian forces are in providing security to the teams.