IPL 2022: Ahmedabad Franchise Beats Lucknow Team, Sends IPL Contract To Rashid Khan

Reports from Sportskeeda have indicated that the new Ahmedabad-based Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise has beaten the franchise in Lucknow in the race to sign top cricketers who decided not to be retained by their franchises and sent the IPL contract to Rashid Al Afghani Khan.

The RPSG-owned Lucknow franchise was eager to sign world-leading T20 bowler Rashid Khan, and even the CVC Capital-owned Lucknow franchise wanted the Afghan to be on its team for the upcoming IPL 2022 tournament. Rashid has been detained and has been negotiating with him for weeks. The development follows the approval of the Controller of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday (10 January) to issue a letter of intent to Ahmedabad.

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The CVC group is known to have already approached Ashish Nehra, Gary Kirsten and Vikram Solanki for the roles of head coach, mentor and manager of cricket batting poses respectively. But again, the official word is waiting on that front as well.

Hardik Pandya to Captain Ahmedabad; Kuala Lumpur Rahul leads Lucknow – Report

Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2021
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The Ahmedabad-based IPL team has been in talks with former Delhi Capitals (DC) captain Shreyas Iyer to become their captain, but now reports have surfaced that local boy Hardik Pandya will be given the honor of leading the new franchise at IPL 2022. He was also trying to acquire the services of adult Ishan Kishan from Age 23 as wicket keeper.

Meanwhile, Sanjiv Goenka’s Lucknow franchise is close to signing a deal with former Punjab Kings (PBKS) captain KL Rahul to become their captain. Failure to sign Rashid Khan would be a huge blow, but they have Australian Marcus Stoines and South African fast driver Kagisu Rabada as backup options abroad.

Kuala Lumpur Rahul
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Both franchises were required to submit their three selections – two domestic players and a maximum of one foreign player – by January 22. The 2022 IPL mega auction is scheduled to be held from February 12-13 in Bengaluru. However, with the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, the auction may also be postponed.

BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla confirmed that everything will be done to hold the IPL 2022 edition in the same country. However, reports have said that if this is not possible due to the COVID pandemic, South Africa and Sri Lanka appear as potential alternatives.

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