Uncertainties and speculation over Ravichandran Ashwin’s move from Kings XI Punjab to Delhi Capitals is over now. The deal has reportedly be confirmed between the two Indian Premier League franchises to exchange Ashwin in a trade-off that will see to DC players moving to the Mohali-based team.
Senior off-spinner Ashwin is all set to join Delhi Capitals in a trade off with Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League in 2020.
Ashwin, who had captained the KXIP for two seasons without much success, was supposed to join Delhi Capitals earlier but once Anil Kumble came on board, it was learnt that KXIP weren’t ready to release their senior bowler.
“Yes, Ashwin is joining Delhi Capitals. The deal had earlier fell through as KXIP didn’t get the two DC players that they wanted in a trade-off with Ashwin. Now they are getting those two players and it’s 99 percent done,” a senior BCCI official, privy to IPL trade-offs, has revealed conditions of anonymity.
According to Mumbai Mirror, the two players are New Zealand star Trent Boult and Karnataka’s all-rounder Jagadeesha Suchith. Both Boult and Suchith are now all set to don the Kings XI Punjab jersey from next season.
Now Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly had first hinted at Ashwin’s likely move from KXIP to the Delhi Capitals earlier this year. Ganguly, who then was the DC mentor, had said that he would be happy to have Ashwin in his side.
Both the franchisees were later reported to have agreed on a deal for Ashwin’s transfer. However, when the singings were to take place KXIP camp was reported to be backing out after Kumble had joined the team as the chief coach. Ashwin was reported to have an important role in Jumbo’s scheme of things.
KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia had then revealed that the franchise had decided not to trade the veteran spinner with DC.