While all the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises are preparing for the upcoming season, the Punjab franchise is set to rename the team name from Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to Punjab Kings, ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, scheduled to begin on February 18.
The franchise hasn’t been doing well over the last few seasons. In fact, KXIP is one of the three teams to have not won a single IPL title. Even the Delhi franchise changed the team name to Delhi Capitals from Delhi Daredevils, a couple of seasons ago, and have qualified for the playoffs in both the following seasons.
As per Cricbuzz, the franchise has made a formal communication to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and it is also understood that they have got the required approval for the same. Also, the franchise is planning for a grand launch of the new name in a couple of days in Mumbai.
The report also suggested that the BCCI has introduced a brief quarantine clause for those attending auction on February 18. The representative of all eight franchises will have to get themselves tested and get quarantined before the reports of the test 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.
“All personnel arriving on the 18th February 2021 must quarantine in their respective rooms until results of the RT-PCR test are available. Reports of samples collected before 9 am on 18th February 2021 will be available by 1 pm.
“Only those individuals who have tested negative for COVID-19 will be permitted to attend the IPL 2021 auctions,” the advisory added.