Punjab Kings is without doubt one of the eight franchises of the Indian Premier League.© Twitter
Kings XI Punjab is now Punjab Kings and franchise co-owner Ness Wadia on Saturday mentioned the franchise wanted to rebrand itself, after so a few years of the IPL and the title change was one thing it needed since 2019. Wadia feels Punjab Kings is an easier title in comparison with Kings XI Punjab, and can join extra with their fan base. “We just felt that we wanted to relook at things. We needed to rebrand and reinvent ourselves after so many years. As they say if something doesn’t work, change it and try and get it working,” Wadia informed PTI, referring to the crew’s title-less run within the IPL for the reason that event’s inaugural version in 2008.
“Kings XI Punjab had a reference to the playing XI. Punjab Kings is more inclusive and will resonate better with the fans.”
“We had been thinking of a name change for the last couple of years. COVID came in 2020 so we put it on hold. We thought if we could do it at the big auction next year or the smaller auction this season, so finally decided to do it this year.”
With the COVID caseload coming down drastically in India, the upcoming version is ready to be performed within the nation. Wadia is happy in regards to the IPL returning residence.
“The UAE has had a huge amount of cases recently. India is safer at this point. We just need to make sure that strict protocols are in place, like we had in the UAE.”
“Hopefully, some part of the stadiums will be filled with spectators. I don’t see full crowds being allowed for the games. I am sure the right decision will be taken in due time. We are still two months away from the tournament,” mentioned Wadia.
The BCCI accepted a 10-team IPL from 2022 at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) final yr. To begin with, there is also nine-teams earlier than the occasion expands additional.
“I don’t know how nine will work, 10 is a good number. It is also good that they are expanding the brand. It also increases the fan base and more players get a chance to play the IPL,” Wadia mentioned.
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