Kings XI Punjab franchisees are seeking more changes than the new-look squad they have acquired at the two-day Indian Premier League player auction in Bengaluru over the weekend.
The next on the cards, as reported by the Hindustan Times from the auction venue, is an attempt to change the name. HT, quoting a BCCI official, has reported that the KXIP franchisee KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited, owned by Indian film actress Preity Zinta and industrialists Ness Wadia and Mohit Burman, have put in a request for permission to change the name of their team.
The request as it appears is the first step in the Punjab teams initiative to shift their base. This is evident from the fact that while seeking a change in their team’s name for ten years, the franchisee owner Preity Zinta has reportedly sought the example of the National Basketball teams in the USA. The NBA are allowed to change their names if they shift base.
If the BCCI and IPL Governing Council accept the KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited request the IPL Punjab franchisee may enter the IPL Season 11, starting on April 7, under a new name.
Kings XI, citing poor fan support and week football at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, earlier too had sought a change in their home ground.
Kings XI Punjab, who have Indore as their second home venue, have built a strong team at the 2018 IPL player auction. The presence of Chris Gayle, a late acquisition for his base price of ₹2 crore, Aaron Finch, Andrew Tye along with strong Indian talent R Ashwin, KL Rahul, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, and Mayank Agarwal holds the promise to end their title drought.