The CVC-owned Ahmedabad franchise will appoint senior India all-rounder Hardik Pandya as the captain for its maiden season in the Indian Premier League, for which it has received approval from the BCCI.
One of the world’s leading venture capitalists, who bought the Ahmedabad IPL team for Rs 5625 crore, had to wait a long time for the BCCI to hand over the letter of intent to the owners as it required a legal probe.
The delay in getting the green light was due to CVC’s investments in betting firms in Europe and although they have no operations in India where betting is illegal, the country’s cricket board wanted to make sure of the legal implications of them before proceeding. . ,
“Yes, the Ahmedabad franchise has received their letter of intent. However, they have been doing their back-room work for some time now as it is a huge process. As far as we know, Hardik has been roped in as the captain of the franchise.”
The two new franchises (Lucknow being the others) have the right to choose three players (two Indian and one foreign) from the pool of players available as part of the draft picks ahead of the mega auction.
“Hardik was an obvious choice with his local affiliations and as a proven IPL performing captain and key player for Mumbai Indians for so long.
“The franchise has almost finalized its deals with Afghan spin sensation Rashid Khan and dashing keeper-batsman Ishan Kishan as its second and third drafts. As of now, it is finalized till the last minute changes,” said the source.
The Ahmedabad franchise has already appointed Ashish Nehra as its head coach, Vikram Solanki as director of cricket and Gary Kirsten as the team mentor.
This year’s tournament will be the road to comeback for Hardik, who has been out of favor since the completion of the ICC T20 World Cup, where India were knocked out in the league stage.
The main controversy has been his bowling as he hasn’t been as powerful, skiddy fourth seamer in the line-up as he used to be before his back surgery and more recently, he hasn’t bowled much in the white ball either. Cricket.
It is now an accepted fact that Pandya may not play the longer version for India again to prolong his white-ball career, but for the white-ball team, he will play a crucial role in the World T20 to be held in Australia this year. The squad remains, and hence, a good performance as leader cum captain for Ahmedabad could turn the landscape for them.