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IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals to Shift Their Base to Pune – Reports

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Comeback franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) have requested to change its base from Rajasthan to Pune, a report in The Indian Express suggests.

It also adds that there are chances of them playing all their home games in Pune itself.

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It is to be noted that BCCI had banned the state association in 2014 after Lalit Modi got elected as the President of the state association. Rajasthan though was allowed to play domestic tournaments under the name of Team Rajasthan.

The BCCI, last month, had decided to revoke the ban on the state board but any official meeting is yet to happen between the concerned authorities, which is now forcing the Rajasthan Royals owners to shift the base to keep themselves away from any controversy on their comeback.

Rajasthan Royals have an option of retaining Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, Ankit Sharma, Rajat Bhatia, James Faulkner and Dhawal Kulkarni. These players were part of either Gujarat Lions or Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2016 and 2017.

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Shane Watson

The franchise cannot retain or use RTM card on players like Shane Watson, Deepak Hooda, Chris Morris, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Tim Southee, Pravin Tambe, Barinder Sran and Rahul Tewatia, as they were part of different teams in IPL.

Same is the case with Chennai Super Kings, and they will not be able to retain or use RTM card on Mohit Sharma, Pawan Negi and Pratyush Singh. While Mohit played for Kings XI Punjab, Negi was a part of Delhi Daredevils in 2016 while was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2017 auction. Pratyush was also part of Delhi Daredevils.

Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab franchise, who wanted to change its base, would play four home games in Mohali, the report in The Indian Express adds. They will though be allowed to play three games in Indore or any other city.

Earlier, reports had suggested that KXIP just does not want to change the base but also want a new name.

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