Ness Wadia, the co-owner of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab confirmed that KXIP and Ravichandran Ashwin have amicably decided to part ways. Having captained Kings XI in the previous two seasons, Ashwin will now be a part of a new franchise for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.
Kings XI have been negotiating with Delhi Capitals over the last few months but a few other teams are also interested in signing up the all-rounder for next season.
“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,” Wadia added.
Under Ashwin’s captaincy Kings XI failed to make it to the playoffs in the previous two editions, and with him parting ways, dashing opener KL Rahul is most likely to lead the side.
Following the appointment of Anil Kumble, Kings XI’s management had considered Ashwin’s retention, but Wadia has now said that negotiations over Ashwin trade-off have resumed. The IPL transfer window closes next week, on November 14th, and the announcement of the trade-off is likely to be made before that.