New Delhi: The CVC-owned Ahmedabad franchise will appoint senior Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya as captain for his first 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 INR 5625 crore, the owners had to wait longer for the BCCI to give them the letter of intent as legal scrutiny was required.
The delay in getting the green light was due to CVC’s investments in betting companies in Europe and while they have no such activity in India where betting is illegal, the country’s cricket board wanted to be sure of the legal ramifications before going green. got light. .
“Yes, the Ahmedabad franchise has received their letter of intent. However, they have been doing their back room work for a while as it is a huge process. As far as we know, Hardik has been appointed as the captain of the franchise,” a senior IPL source told PTI on condition of anonymity.
The two new franchises (Lucknow being the other) have the right to choose three players (two Indian and one foreigner) from the pool of available players as part of the draft pick for the mega auction.
“Hardik with his local connection and a proven IPL artist for Mumbai Indians was an obvious choice for so long as captain and prime minister.
“The franchise has almost closed its deal with Afghan spin sensation Rashid Khan and dashing goalkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan as their second and third picks from the draft. From now on, that’s what’s final unless changes are made at the last minute,” the source said.
The Ahmedabad franchise has already appointed Ashish Nehra as head coach, along with Vikram Solanki as director of cricket and Gary Kirsten as team mentor.
This year’s tournament will be something of a comeback for Hardik, who has been out of favor since the completion of the ICC T20 World Cup where India was knocked out in the competition stage.
The main point of contention was his bowling, as he wasn’t the same powerful, slippery fourth sailor in the lineup that he was before his back surgery, and he hasn’t bowled much lately, even white-ball cricket.
It is now an accepted fact that in order to extend his white ball career, Pandya may not be playing the longer version for India again, but for the white ball team he remains a vital cog entering this year’s World T20 in Australia, which is why , a good show for Ahmedabad as a leader and captain could change the scenario for him.
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