Kings XI Punjab seek name change ahead of IPL 2018

Updated on Jan 29, 2018 08:59 AM IST
A BCCI official said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have put in a request and Preity Zinta has pointed to the concept followed by many sports in the United States where teams in the NBA are allowed to change names when they shift base.
Preity Zinta and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) mentor Virender Sehwag with Ness Wadia during day 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction at the ITC Gardenia hotel in Bangalore. The Preity Zinta co-owned franchise could play under a new name next season.(BCCI)
Preity Zinta and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) mentor Virender Sehwag with Ness Wadia during day 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction at the ITC Gardenia hotel in Bangalore. The Preity Zinta co-owned franchise could play under a new name next season.(BCCI)
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If Kings XI Punjab’s request is accepted, we may have the Preity Zinta co-owned franchise playing under a new name next Indian Premier League (IPL) season. (IPL AUCTION 2018 DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS)

A BCCI official said the franchise has put in a request and Preity Zinta has pointed to the concept followed by many sports in the United States where teams in the NBA and Major League Baseball are allowed to change names when they shift base.

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Kings XI Punjab have yet to taste success in the IPL. But this season they have assembled a strong team under the guidance of former India batsman Virender Sehwag.

With R Ashwin, KL Rahul, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh and Mayank Agarwal in their line-up, they boast of a strong Indian core group. The six have the experience and confidence. In Ashwin, they have a solid captaincy option. Besides buying Aussie batsman Aaron Finch and Andrew Tye, in a late swoop, they picked up Chris Gayle as well.

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