Move to Delhi Capitals on cards? R Ashwin to leave Kings XI Punjab, confirms Ness Wadia
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have decided to part ways with experienced spinner and former captain Ravichandran Ashwin, confirmed co-owner Ness Wadia on Wednesday. Wadi said both parties came to the decision amicably, however, he made it clear that it is not certain yet if Ashwin will join Delhi Capitals or any other side ahead of the new season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Earlier newly-appointed head coach Anil Kumble had said he was unsure if Ashwin will be leading Kings XI Punjab next season amid speculations of his move to Delhi Capitals. While KXIP are in negotiations with the Delhi Capitals for the spinner, there are other teams who have also shown interest in the player, as per Wadia. Ashwin was roped in by KXIP in 2017 and captained the side last two seasons in the IPL.
"I know there is a lot of speculation but we are still talking. Ashwin is a very good, versatile player. Any team would love to have him. We are talking to a few different teams (including Delhi) and as soon as we are clear, we will announce it," Wadia was quoted as saying by PTI.
"We (Ashwin and KXIP) have amicably come to a conclusion that we should part ways and now we are trying to get the best fit, best solution for everyone. We are talking to a few teams to see where the best fit is and the best value comes for both Ashwin and ourselves. We want the best deal for everyone," he added.
Reportedly, KL Rahul will be replacing Ashwin as captain when his move his confirmed. Under the former Chennai Super Kings spinner's captaincy, KXIP failed to qualify for the playoffs in both seasons. Despite getting off to good starts in their campaigns in both seasons, KXIP suffered a late slump and ended in the bottom half of the table.
With Kumble at the helm of affairs now, the team is looking for a fresh start and has already embarked on a rebuild by letting go one of their major players in Ashwin. Kings XI Punjab are among the only three teams in the IPL, who have been part of the tournament right from the inaugural edition in 2008 and have never managed to lift the trophy. Under Kumble's guidance, the team will be hoping for a change in fortunes next season.