KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya
KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has given the Letter of Intent to both the newly included franchises i.e., Ahmedabad and Lucknow, which means that IPL will be a ten-team affair from the 2022 edition of the tournament. For the unversed, the CVC Capital Partners bought the Ahmedabad franchise for a bid of ₹5,625 crores, while RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group acquired the Lucknow team for ₹7,090 crores.

The much-awaited Mega-Auction 2022 is likely to take place in the month of February ahead of the 2022 edition of IPL. The eight existing teams have named their list of retained players. In all, 27 players have been retained by the franchise, which includes 19 Indians and eight overseas players. The rest of the players are likely to find themselves back into the auction pool.

In a bid to make the tournament a level-playing field for all the franchises, the two new teams (Lucknow and Ahmedabad) have been given the liberty to pick three players each before the mega-auctions.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image: IPL/Twitter)

The Lucknow franchise has roped in Andy Flower as the head coach for the upcoming edition of the tournament. Also, Gautam Gambhir and Vijay Dahiya have been selected as the mentor and assistant coach respectively. If reports are to be believed, KL Rahul is likely to be the captain of the team.

As for the Ahmedabad team, former Indian pacer, Ashish Nehra is in line to become the team’s head coach, while Vikram Solanki is in line to be the team’s “Director of Cricket”. Recent reports also suggest that Hardik Pandya is tipped to lead the franchise in the upcoming edition of the tournament. However, nothing has been official as yet.

Both the franchises are yet to officially announce their ‘three picks’ ahead of the IPL 2022 Mega Auctions. Let’s take a look at the complete list of players available for Lucknow and Ahmedabad to pick.

IPL 2022 Auction: Complete List Of Players Available For Lucknow And Ahmedabad To Retain

Rashid Khan and David Warner, SunRisers Hyderabad
Rashid Khan and David Warner. Image Credits: Twitter

Australia: Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Steve Smith, Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Andrew Tye, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood.

England: Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran

South Africa: Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Marco Jansen, David Miller, Chris Morris,

New Zealand: Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner, Glenn Phillips, Finn Allen, Scott Kuggeleijn, Adam Milne and James Neesham.

Sri Lanka: Wanindu Hasaranga

Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan

Afghanistan: Mujeeb Ur-Rahman, Mohammad Nabi

India’s Capped Players: Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill Ishan Kishan, Jayant Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Piyush Chawla, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Jayden Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Kedar Jadhav, Dhawan Kulkarni.

India’s uncapped Players:  Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Piyush Chawla, Yudhvir Charak, Arjun Tendulkar. Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Shahrukh Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh,  Saurabh Kumar,  Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi,  Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Manan Vohra, Shivam Dube, Chetan Sakariya, K.C. Cariappa, Akash Singh, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyesh Prabhudessai, KS Bharat, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Basil Thampi,  Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Yadav.