The planning and preparation for this year’s Indian Premier League have already begun. The excitement is gearing up with the auction all set to be hosted in the city of Chennai on the 18th of February. The teams and franchises must be getting ready for the big event, getting their teams ironed out and figuring out which players to target. Meanwhile, in an unexpected turn of developments Kings XI Punjab have decided to rename themselves to Punjab Kings.
Over the last few seasons, the franchise hasn’t done really well. They’ve qualified for the final only once in 2014, when they finished on top of the group and finished runners-up. Besides that, they’ve made it to the playoffs only once. In the Indian Premier League, Kings XI Punjab are only among three teams who haven’t won the tournament yet, along with Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals.
Kings XI Punjab fans could potentially think of this name-change as something that bears positive fruits. Delhi Daredevils franchise had also changed their name to Delhi Capitals a few seasons ago. Since then, they’ve qualified for the playoffs both times.
Cricbuzz reported that the franchise has communicated its decision to the Board of Control for Cricket in India and their decision on the same has also been approved. According to reports, the franchise is currently planning a grand event in Mumbai to mark their change in name.
For those attending the IPL auction on the 18th of February, BCCI has decided to introduce a short quarantine period. Before attending the event, the participants will have to get themselves tested and quarantined until their test results arrive.
“Before checking into their respective rooms, they (those arriving on February 17) will undergo a Rapid Antigen Test followed by an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 at the designated sampling kiosk set up in the hotel by the BCCI’s accredited testing agency. All individuals must quarantine in their respective rooms until results of the RT-PCR tests are available. Typically, the reports will be available within 3-4 hours of sample collection,” the advisory sent by BCCI read.