Kings XI Punjab captain and also the veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is all set to move to Delhi Capitals for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL). The final announcement will be made soon. Even though KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia had earlier denied the news as rumours.
While speaking to IANS, the sources in the Delhi Capitals franchise said that the announcement would be made very soon in the near future. “Yes, it is done and we will announce soon,” the official said.
Earlier, while speaking to IANS, the Director of Cricket Operations of Kings XI Punjab, Anil Kumble had spoken about the future of Ravichandran Ashwin, saying that he had just come on board and it was too early to talk about all these and also their planning for the 2020 edition.
“No decision has been taken yet. I have just come on board, in the last one week. We will know in the due course the decisions we are going to make. I haven’t got down to the details of the squad. The players we are going to retain, the players we are going to trade, none of those areas have been looked into,” former India head coach Kumble had shared.
He said after KXIP co-owner Wadia had commented on Ashwin. However, under the leadership of Ravichandran Ashwin, Punjab started well in the first half of the past two editions before losing the track in the second half and they finished at seventh in 2018 and sixth in the points table in 2019. Meanwhile, Ashwin’s exclusion might be the gain for KL Rahul as he could be handed the role of leadership for the next season.
“Yes, that is very much a possibility because Rahul is not only one of the senior players, but also understands the working of the team and the strengths and weaknesses of those in the team,” said a source near to the developments in the KXIP camp.
“Yes, Ashwin is joining Delhi Capitals. The deal had earlier fell through as KXIP didn’t get the two DC players that they wanted in a trade-off with Ashwin. Now they are getting those two players and it’s 99 percent done,” a senior BCCI official said to PTI on conditions of anonymity.