According to reports from Sportskeeda, the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) franchise are set to change their name and logo ahead of next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). The announcement is reportedly set to be made on the 17th of February which is one day before the mini-auction for the upcoming season will take place in Chennai.
KXIP had a topsy-turvy season in the IPL last year as they came roaring back into contention for a playoff spot after a horrendous start. They were rejuvenated by the return of Chris Gayle who was injured and missed out on the first few games. The side remained alive and kicking till their very last league match where they were eliminated due to a loss suffered against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
KXIP have work to do at the auction
Ahead of the auction for the 2021 edition of the IPL, KXIP opted to go for a considerable revamp and released a huge chunk of their players. Under-performers Glenn Maxwell, Jimmy Neesham, Shedlon Cottrell and Mujeeb Ur Rahman were all let go. Now, with 53.20 crores in the purse, KXIP have the most money to spend at the auction and they are bound to be the most active at the same.
The following is the full list of retained and released players by KXIP.
Retained players: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel
Released players: Glenn Maxwell, Karun Nair, Hardus Viljoen, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Sheldon Cottrell, Jimmy Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Tajinder Singh.
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