Kings XI Punjab is set to be renamed for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). After a long deliberation, one of the eight original franchises of IPL will finally come up with a decision of being called Punjab Kings as IPL 2021 commence in April. A formal communication has been made to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and an approval is understood to have also been obtained.
“The team was planning to change the name for a long time and thought it should be done before this IPL. So it is not a sudden decision,” a BCCI source told a news outlet. One of IPL 2021 teams, jointly owned by Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta and Karan Paul, have failed to win an IPL title since the event’s inaugural edition in 2008, but were runners-up and finished third-place once.
According to reports, the franchise is planning a grand “re-launch” in a couple of days in Mumbai, ahead of the February 18 auction. Speaking of the auction, this year’s edition of the cash-rich T20 tournament will see 292 players, including 164 Indians, will go under the hammer with close to Rs 200 crore available for transaction. Earlier, the BCCI has introduced protocols for those attending the auction.
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King XI Punjab has retained its core players for such as KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel. Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell, Karun Nair, Hardus Viljoen, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Sheldon Cottrell, Jimmy Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Tajinder Singh were the ones released.
The 14th edition of the IPL is reportedly slated to be held in its original April-May window. The venue and dates for IPL 2021 are however yet to be announced by BCCI. Earlier, a total of 139 players were retained while 57 were released ahead of the auction. Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab have the biggest purse going into the IPL 2021 auction while Dehi Capitals have the lowest.
The BCCI has been vocally confident of staging tournament at home in April-May window and are also sure that fans will be allowed in the stadium. The mini auction for IPL 2021 has already been confirmed to take place in Chennai on February and now the tournament is all set to get underway from April 11 to June 7. The only setback the Board is currently facing is the title sponsor.
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