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 understand there is a lot of thought but we are still discussing. Ashwin is a very good and versatile player. Any side would prefer to have him. We are discussing with few different sides and as soon as we are clear, we will declare it,” Wadia quoted as saying by PTI.
“We have amicably decided that we should partition ways and now we are working to get the most suitable fit, the best solution for everyone. We are communicating with few sides to see where the best fit is and the best value comes for both him and ourselves. We want the most beneficial 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.