KXIP is now Punjab Kings and its co-owner Ness Wadia on Saturday mentioned the franchise wanted to rebrand itself after so a few years of IPL and the title change was one thing it wished 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 simply felt that we wished to relook at issues. We would have liked to rebrand and reinvent ourselves after so a few years. As they are saying, if one thing would not work, change it and attempt to get it working,” Wadia advised PTI, referring to the crew’s title-less run within the IPL for the reason that occasion’s inaugural version in 2008.
“Kings XI Punjab had a reference to the enjoying XI. Punjab Kings is extra inclusive and can resonate higher with the followers. We had been considering of a reputation change for final couple of years. COVID got here in 2020 so we put it on maintain. We thought if we may 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 about to be performed within the nation. Wadia is worked up concerning the IPL returning residence.
“The UAE has had an enormous quantity of circumstances not too long ago. India is safer at this level. We simply must guarantee that strict protocols are in place, like we had within the UAE.
“Hopefully, some a part of the stadiums will likely be crammed with spectators. I do not see full crowds being allowed for the video games. I’m the certain the fitting determination will likely be taken in due time. We’re nonetheless two months away from the match,” 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 a nine-team earlier than the occasion expands additional.
“I do not understand how 9 will work, 10 is an effective 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 crew’s buys on the public sale, he added: “Anil and KL are fairly blissful concerning the gamers they’ve. Now simply they should go on the market and carry out.”