The Kings XI Punjab campaign hit a slight snag in their last away game against Rajasthan Royals where they lost by 15 runs after giving a tough fight. But while there was obviously some disappointment in the camp, some of the stories in the media seemed to suggest that all was not well in the Kings’ camp after the game.
The team issued the following statement in order to put things in perspective and lay to rest any rumours surrounding KXIP:
“The stories have led to a lot of speculation and we at Kings XI Punjab would like to clearly state that as part of our management process, (as well as other franchisees) we review our performance on and off the field after each game through both, formal and informal discussions.
This is part of our standard operations review process which helps us to analyse our results and allow us to focus on the improvement required after each game, both on and off the field so that we can continue to improve in all aspects.
The culture in Kings XI is one that is open and non-hierarchical, and is one which encourages open and frank debate by one and all across all levels with the common goal of continuous improvement.
It is unfortunate that this open and transparent culture has been misconstrued and highlighted in a negative manner, so as to tarnish and damage our image as well as that of the IPL.”
The team spirit in the KXIP camp is as strong as it ever was and, after Lokesh Rahul and Andrew Tye’s recent exploits, the team’s enthusiasm has grown even more as they look forward to bringing their maiden title home.
The Kings will now take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their next home game on the 12th of May with the home team needing 2 wins in 4 and the away team needing to win every game to have a chance of qualifying. With such a mouth-watering contest on offer we hope this message will put an end to the controversy so that our fans can focus on what really matters, the beautiful game of cricket.