Ness Wadia explains Kings XI Punjab re-brand: ‘Reinvent ourselves’

Ness Wadia explains Kings XI Punjab re-brand: ‘Reinvent ourselves’

NESS WADIA, franchise co-owner, has explained the decision to re-brand Kings XI Punjab as Punjab Kings.

The franchise was a founding franchise in 2008.

They finished third in the inaugural season, finishing second in the regular table, they were top of the regular table in 2014 before losing the final, these are their only two play-off finishes.

Mr Wadia, who owns 23% of the franchise, told PTI: “We just felt that we wanted to relook at things.

“We needed to rebrand and reinvent ourselves after so many years.

“As they say if something doesn’t work, change it and try and get it working.”

Fellow co-owner Preity Zinta tweeted: “This new year I had hinted that 2021 was going 2 b d yr of new beginnings.

“So here is our new name & logo as promised.

“Now Sadda Punjab will be #PunjabKings.

“I’m super thrilled & excited to share r new vibe wit r friends, fans & well wishers.

“#SaddaPunjab #PBKS @PunjabKingsIPL.”

The franchise missed out on England all-rounder Moeen Ali after a late bidding war with the Chennai Super Kings, but secured the rivals of Dawid Malan, Riley Meredith, Jheye Richardson, Sharukh Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Moises Henriques, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen and Saurabh Kumar.

Mr Wadia added: “Kings XI Punjab had a reference to the playing XI.

“Punjab Kings is more inclusive and will resonate better with the fans.”

Mr Wadia said he was looking forward to returning to play games in India but acknowledged strict protocols had to be in place.

Wicketkeeper-batsman and captain KL Rahul won the 2020 Orange Cap after hitting 670 runs in the entire tournament, the most of any player.

The side finished the regular campaign in sixth.

They were saved from bottom spot due to having a superior net run-rate to the Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, but were just two points off qualifying for the play0ffs.

Mr Rahul won a second individual award by picking up Gamechanger of the Season.


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