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IPL 2021 : Kings XI Punjab set to change their name to Punjab Kings

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Kings XI Punjab, which is one of the eight original franchises from the 2008 edition, have decided to change their name to Punjab Kings and will join the auction with the same name on February 18.

The franchise have done literally everything they can to retain their credibility yet a title has been far from the reach. Now, the name has also undergone a slight metamorphosis, and just like Delhi Daredevils did in 2019, they have changed their name to Punjab Kings.

As per a report on Cricbuzz, the franchise have made a formal communication to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the latter has also given its go-ahead. Even in the last few days, some internal communications were made using Punjab Kings instead of Kings XI Punjab.

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The franchise is planning a grand re-launch in Mumbai where they will release the logo and new name. The event will happen ahead of the IPL auction in Chennai.

RT-PCR test compulsory after reaching hotel ahead of IPL auction

The BCCI has made this compulsory for everyone to be in brief quarantine for those attending the auction. Every single member will undergo a Rapid Antigen Test followed by an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 at the designated sampling kiosk set up in the hotel.

Until results of the RT-PCR tests are available, all individuals must quarantine in their respective rooms.

“Before checking into their respective rooms, they (those arriving on February 17) will undergo a Rapid Antigen Test followed by an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 at the designated sampling kiosk set up in the hotel by the BCCI’s accredited testing agency.

“All individuals must quarantine in their respective rooms until results of the RT-PCR tests are available. Typically the reports will be available within 3-4 hours of sample collection,” the BCCI said in an advisory.

“All personnel arriving on the 18th February 2021 must quarantine in their respective rooms until results of the RT-PCR test are available.

“Reports of samples collected before 9 am on 18th February 2021 will be available by 1 pm. Only those individuals who have tested negative for COVID-19 will be permitted to attend the IPL 2021 auctions.”