The 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin in March next year, and before that, the official players’ auction is going to take place in Kolkata on December 19.
All eight franchises will invest their full energy to buy players they desire and make efforts to build a well-balanced side.
But ahead of the auction, there is another battle that has been started between IPL franchises Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals. It’s not the battle of players; it the clash to make Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium their second home.
As per media reports, Uday Sinha – the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Ekana Group – said that talks are still on and the final decision will be made keeping in mind the views of the franchises, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as well as the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA).
“We are speaking to both Kings XI as well as Delhi Capitals, and we are yet to come to a decision on this. We will have to wait and see how it goes as the views of the BCCI and UPCA will also be taken into account apart from the discussions that are held with the two franchises,” he revealed.
When Sinha was asked how does it feel that the two teams are fighting out to play their games at Ekana, he said it feels great, and it’s a matter of pride for them.
“It is one of the best stadiums in the country and feels really good to see the interest. Also, the revenue generated for the game between India and West Indies (debut game at the venue) was a record,” he added.
Both Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals haven’t yet won the IPL trophy, so they will try their best to clinch the title for the first time next season.