Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) has decided to rechristen the team and will be naming the team as Punjab Kings.
The team would reveal its new logo along with the official announcement of the new name on Wednesday, ahead of the IPL 2021 auction in Chennai on February 18.
“The team was planning to change the name for a long time and thought it should be done before this IPL. So it is not a sudden decision,” a BCCI spokesperson told PTI.
According to Mohit Burman, one of the co-owners of the franchise, the team came up with the idea to take up the new name in order to give it a ‘fresh look’ and a ‘fresh feel’.
“We put it to research, both with fans and with closed groups and have finally arrived at the new name. The idea behind the new name is to add a fresh look and a fresh feel to the franchise. As with any product/service, everything has its own life cycle and we believe given the changing ethos and the audience taste we thought it was apt for the brand to go through a completely new refresh,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Mohit Burman as saying.
The team co-owned by Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, and Karan Paul apart from Mohit Burman hasn’t flared really well in the entire timeline of the IPL. It made into the qualifiers only twice in the thirteen seasons of the tournament. Last season, they finished in the sixth position.
The fourteenth season of the cash-rich tournament will get rolling in the second week of April with the confirmation on its venues still awaited.