Punjab based franchise, Kings XI Punjab, have decided not to shift their base out of Punjab. Though the franchise will not play all its games in Mohali, a report in The Indian Express suggests.
The franchise has decided to play four of its games in Mohali while three remaining home games in Indore,
“We wanted to shift our base from Mohali but the main issue regarding the security has been resolved between the government and the Punjab Cricket Association. We are happy to be play in Mohali as there is different energy there. We will be playing four games in Mohali and the remaining three in Indore. It has been a good venue for us, and the response has been great as we have seen packed houses
last year,” Satish Menon, CEO of KXIP told The Indian Express.
Last year, the report had suggested that the franchise was looking to shift its base, but now, the issue has been solved. Still, Mohali will not host all the games.
In the latest news, Punjab retained only one player in the IPL retention ceremony. Axar Patel was the lone player to be retained for a price worth Rs 12.5 Crore.
The franchise though now have three Right to Match Cards. A franchise which has retained only one or two players are allowed to use three RTM cards while teams like Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Chennai Super Kings can use just two RTM cards as they retained three players.
Kings XI Punjab was the only franchise to reveal their plan ahead of the auction, and they walked the talk. Sehwag, who dons multi hats for the franchise, had revealed that they would just retain one player in the retention ceremony, which turned out to be true.
Brad Hodge will coach the team. The team is yet to announce a fielding coach, who will replace R Sridhar, the present coach of Indian cricket team.
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