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Delhi Capitals have shown interest in Ashwin, who has played 65 Tests and picked 342 wickets at a stingy economy rate of 2.84. @ PTI

Ravichandran Ashwin’s woes are far from reaching its end. The premier offspinner was dropped from India’s first Test against West Indies in Antigua despite having a phenomenal record against the same opposition.

Now, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror on Saturday, Ashwin will not only lose his captaincy with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), but is also set to lose his place in the Mohali side. The report states that KXIP are in talks with a few teams to trade him. The deal is likely to be closed in a week’s time when the franchise board meets.

Interestingly, Delhi Capitals have shown interest in the 32-year-old Tamil Nadu tweaker, who has played 65 Tests and picked 342 wickets at a stingy economy rate of 2.84. However, it is still unknown if there will be a trade or a direct purchase. Other than the Capitals, KXIP have also received an offer from Rajasthan Royals who want to swap him for Krishnappa Gowtham.

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Ashwin’s price may not diminish – he was bought for Rs 7.6 crores in 2018 auction – but he may not be assured of captaincy he is not assured of captaincy. If he does move over to Delhi Capitals, then he will have to be under a young captain in Shreyas Iyer.

However’s Delhi seem to stand a better chance given how lethal Ashwin can be on a slow turner at the Kotla. “A week more is needed to finish the process,” said a source in the know of the development.

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Ashwin played 28 matches for KXIP and had 25 wickets (overall 125 wickets in 139 IPL games) but he failed to carry the side to the play-offs. Reportedly, KXIP are planning to appoint KL Rahul as their skipper.

Meanwhile, KXIP are without a coach after Mike Hesson left the side few weeks ago. The management are in talks with George Bailey and Darren Lehmann. The decision is likely to be made in a few days.