After being out for two years of IPL season due to spot-fixing scandal, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will make a comeback in the next season of the cash-rich league.
But this time they have asked for a different permission from BCCI. Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Limited owned Rajasthan Royals are eager to change their franchise name.
BCCI thinks that the team might be looking forward to re-innovate a lot. Starting from the team players to their official match location at Jaipur. This might also come logically true as in the next season all the teams would undergo a fresh new bid.
“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.
Though changing the team name might be given a bit more thought, keeping in mind the media recognition but shifting the base camp might depend on the BCCI decision to lift the ban on the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). Things have changed as Lalit Modi had a farewell from the Association and politician CP Joshi entering the circles.
On the other hand, even Kings XI Punjab requested BCCI to let them shift their camp from Mohali. They have brought forward reasons like lack of support from the state association and trouble with local authorities for the request.
The Kings showed that they had more home match tickets and supports when they played on neutral spots like Indore and Pune in the last season. The issue came up in front of CoA during their last meeting, and they have asked it to be brought into view in the next IPL governing council meeting.
BCCI said that if they wish to change the base they have to pay a bit more amount and accordingly change the name of the franchise.
“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 told The Indian Express.