NEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League (IPL)’s two new teams — Ahmedabad and Lucknow have officially named their draft picks ahead of the upcoming mega auction for the 2022 season.Also Read - IPL 2022: MS Dhoni Fan Breaches Security During RR vs CSK; PICS Go VIRAL
Team Ahmedabad has chosen Hardik Pandya (Rs 15 crore), Rashid Khan (Rs 15 crore), and Shubman Gill (Rs 8 crore). While Team Lucknow has opted to go with KL Rahul (Rs 17 crore), Marcus Stoinis (Rs 9.2 crore), and Ravi Bishnoi (Rs 4 crore). Also Read - IPL 2023: Mukesh Choudhury to Matheesha Pathirana; 3 Uncapped Stars MS Dhoni-Led CSK May Retain
Vikram Solanki has been appointed as Ahmedabad’s Director of Cricket while Hardik Pandya will be leading the franchise. Gary Kirsten will serve as the batting coach and mentor of the Ahmedabad franchise while Ashish Nehra has been appointed as the head coach. Also Read - IPL 2022: 'Arjun Tendulkar Will Play' - Ajay Jadeja Predicts Youngster's Inclusion in MI Playing 11 vs DC
Talking about Lucknow, KL Rahul will don the captaincy hat. Andy Flower has already been named the coach of the Lucknow franchise while former India batter Gautam Gambhir will serve as the mentor of the franchise.
Earlier, Hardik Pandya was not retained by Mumbai Indians while KL Rahul decided to part ways with Punjab Kings as he wanted to go to auction.
In the 2021 season, Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill played for SunRisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) respectively. While Ravi Bishnoi and Marcus Stoinis represented Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals.
Earlier, IPL franchises Ahmedabad and Lucknow were asked to submit the list of their draft picks by January 22. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel had confirmed the development to ANI.
IPL’s two new teams — Sanjiv Goenka RPSG Group for the Lucknow franchise and CVC Capital’s Ahmedabad team had received the formal clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The formal clearance was given after a meeting of the IPL Governing Council.
Brijesh Patel had also confirmed that the IPL auction would be held in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13. “Yes, the auction will be held in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13,” said Patel.