Star Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is most likely to be appointed as the skipper of the Ahmedabad franchise for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, claim sources.
Former Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder Hardik Pandya was a key member of the MI franchise for several years, however, he was not retained by the 5-time IPL Champions Mumbai Indians (MI) for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
Notably, Mumbai Indians decided to retain three Indians and one overseas player which included skipper Rohit Sharma, star pacer Jasprit Bumrah, middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav and West Indies powerhouse Kieron Pollard. Other than Hardik, notable names like Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya and Trent Boult were also released by Mumbai Indians.
Meanwhile, if the Baroda all-rounder Hardik becomes the captain of the new Ahmedabad franchise it will be for the first time he will be leading the team in the cash-rich league.
Also, the Ahmedabad franchise is looking to sign star Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Young Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan.
Ashish Nehra Set To Become Head Coach Of The Ahmedabad Franchise
According to the reports, former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra is highly likely to be appointed as the head coach of the Ahmedabad franchise. Previously Nehra has worked with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as their assistant coach. Also, some reports assert that Vikram Solanki will be the director of the team and Gary Kirsten will become the mentor.
The Ahmedabad franchise will be owned by the CVC capital. Notably, CVC Capital successfully bid with Rs 5,625 crore for Ahmedabad. Also, Lucknow will be joining the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 and the RPSG group won the rights for the Lucknow franchise after a whopping Rs 7,090 crore bid.
Meanwhile, there was some delay in CVC getting the Letter of Intent from the BCCI after the company had come under the scanner over its alleged ties to betting companies. However, reports claim that they have officially got the clean chit from the BCCI.
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