Serving a ban of two years for their official’s role in IPL spot-fixing case in 2013, the franchise based team Rajasthan Royals has approached the Board of Cricket Control of India with a request. The team which is primarily owned by Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Limited is interested in changing their original name.
“They have made the request but no reason has been given as to why they want to change the company name,” a BCCI official said while talking to Indian Express.
Rajasthan Royals will make a comeback after a ban of two years in the next edition of the Indian Premier League. It may be one of the many requests BCCI are expecting from them as the franchise based team will look come out with a new name and even shift their base from Jaipur.
The inaugural champions of this highly rated tournament will look to clean their image that they earned in the wake of spot-fixing scandal with the change in name. However, shifting their base from Jaipur depends on BCCI when they decide to lift the ban on Rajasthan Cricket Association.
However, citing reasons such as lack of support from Punjab State Association and problems with local authorities, another franchise based team Kings XI Punjab has once again approached the BCCI with their plea of shifting their home ground from Mohali.
“They had bid for Mohali when the first-ever auction took place for IPL teams. So technically, if they want to change their base now, they will have to pay the BCCI. They have made this request earlier too but the board did not agree. The franchise has been facing many issues with the local police authorities. They have also cited lack of support from the Punjab Cricket Association. If they are allowed then chances are that their name will also change. It will be as per the new venue. The IPL GC will take a call on it,” a BCCI official concluded.