The newly IPL franchise – Ahmedabad, on Monday, received the letter of intent (LOI) from Indian Cricket Board (BCCI). CVC Capital invested, Ahmedabad franchise is all set to express a new deal to Hardik Pandya, as a preferable captain with Ashish Nehra to be the head coach. Hardik Pandya who was unable to get called by the Indian selectors as well as was not retained by Mumbai Indians gets a good chance to showcase his importance once again. If the tipped deal comes out to be true, Ahmedabad team can focus on the core players along with the coach and the captain.
Rashid Khan, too has a chance to get picked by Lucknow as well Ahmedabad, as Rashid’s deal talks is ongoing with both of the newly arrived franchises. With Rashid being on the buy list, Ahmedabad probably will reach out to Yuzvendra Chahal and Rahul Chahar, the big boundaries being a home advantage for the new franchises.
According to sources, KL Rahul will catch on a deal with the Lucknow franchise as the former Punjab captain has decided to leave PBKS (Punjab Kings) and has revealed its potentiality to be a captain of any respective team.
With talks of most Indian players is on board, Ishan Kishan might be preferable as a wicket-keeper batsman for either of the new teams. Delhi Capital released Shreyas Iyer will be in the auction, which might raise the bar of all the teams to get him at biddable amount. Sources suggest that Kolkata (KKR), having released both its former captains might eye on Iyer for captaincy.
Talking about the quick seamers, Kagiso Rabada and Marcus Stoinis might go higher with their bids getting raised high, since Goenka-owned Lucknow team focus on both of them.