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New venues please: KXIP & RR request the BCCI for change in grounds during IPL 2018

THE RAJASTHAN ROYALS want to have a major revamp before re-joining the IPL in 2018. The franchise will make a comeback into the cash-rich league after completing a two-year ban due to a match fixing/illegal betting scandal.

It is learnt that the Jaipur-based franchise has requested the BCCI to change its name and also change its base from the Pink City. Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Limited, the company that owns the franchise, feels a new name and a fresh venue might ensure a better prospect. As reported by Indian Express, a BCCI official stated, 

"They have made the request but no reason has been given as to why they want to change the company name."

Sources reported that Kings XI Punjab has also made a request to the BCCI to shift their base from Mohali. KXIP have cited less footfall, lack of support from the state association and trouble with local authorities as the reasons for moving out.

As per reports, KXIP, which played several matches in Indore - their second home ground - in the previous season have recorded better footfall and fan support than Mohali. The BCCI official further added,

"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."

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