IPL team Rajasthan Royals changes its name to 'Royals'
After serving two years' suspension, Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royal will feature in the 2018 edition of the tournament. However, the team will now be called 'Royals', and has decided to shift its base to Pune. Rajasthan Royals, along with Chennai Super Kings, were suspended on the charges of corruption and match fixing in 2013.
Royals to strike a Rs 1000 crore deal with Goenka?
The shift to Pune and the change in the name were reportedly done in order to strike a deal with Sanjiv Goenka, the owner of Rising Pune Supergiants. Goenka's team was a part of the IPL for last two years, when the two teams were suspended. Owners of Royals and Sanjiv Goenka have reportedly struck a deal of Rs. 1000 crore.
CSK now just worth Rs. 50 lakhs?
Giving a new headache to the BCCI, owner of Chennai Super Kings, N Srinivasan, has distributed the ownership of the franchise among the shareholders of his company, India Cement. Interestingly, the ownership documents now value the franchise at only Rs 50 lakh. This would mean a huge loss for the BCCI, which gains 10% of money when the ownership is changed.
Will MS Dhoni return to CSK?
According to a proposal floated in the IPL general council, CSK might be able to retain MS Dhoni, who was the captain of the team for 8 years. Dhoni has been the face of the franchise and has led the team to two IPL titles.