Punjab Kings is among 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 identify change was one thing it needed since 2019. Wadia feels Punjab Kings is an easier identify in comparison with Kings XI Punjab, and can join extra with their fan base. “We simply felt that we needed to relook at issues. We wanted to rebrand and reinvent ourselves after so a few years. As they are saying if one thing does not work, change it and try to get it working,” Wadia advised PTI, referring to the staff’s title-less run within the IPL because the event’s inaugural version in 2008.
“Kings XI Punjab had a reference to the taking part in XI. Punjab Kings is extra inclusive and can resonate higher with the followers.”
“We had been considering of a reputation change for the final couple of years. COVID got here in 2020 so we put it on maintain. We thought if we might do it on the huge public sale subsequent 12 months or the smaller public sale this season, so lastly determined to do it this 12 months.”
With the COVID caseload coming down drastically in India, the upcoming version is ready to be performed within the nation. Wadia is worked up in regards to the IPL returning residence.
“The UAE has had an enormous quantity of instances just lately. India is safer at this level. We simply must make it possible for strict protocols are in place, like we had within the UAE.”
“Hopefully, some a part of the stadiums might be stuffed with spectators. I do not see full crowds being allowed for the video games. I’m positive the suitable resolution might be taken in due time. We’re nonetheless two months away from the event,” mentioned Wadia.
The BCCI accepted a 10-team IPL from 2022 at its Annual Common Assembly (AGM) final 12 months. To start out with, there is also nine-teams earlier than the occasion expands additional.
“I do not understand how 9 will work, 10 is an efficient quantity. Additionally it is good that they’re increasing the model. It additionally will increase the fan base and extra gamers get an opportunity to play the IPL,” Wadia mentioned.
On his staff’s buys on the public sale, he added: “Anil and KL are fairly pleased in regards to the gamers they’ve. Now simply they should go on the market and carry out.”
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