At the peak of the rivalry between the two new IPL franchises, Sportskeeda found out for sure that the Ahmedabad team (which belongs to CVC Capital) still managed to persuade Lucknow to offer a contract to Rashid Khan. However, the cricket star has not yet given her consent, so we cannot provide official information yet.
The negotiation process of the two rookie franchises with Rashid stretched over several weeks. The development led to the issuance of a Letter of Intent (LoI) to Ahmedabad by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on January 10.
If we talk about the Lucknow franchise, the owner of which is Sanjivu Goenke, the former captain of Punjab Kings (PBKS) K.L. Rahul is already the captain of the team. The threat of not being able to sign a contract with Rashid Khan can really hit the success of the team in the future, but in case of such a force majeure, Marcus Stoynis from Australia and Kagiso Rabada from South Africa can save the situation.
Both franchises have a task to submit three drafts by January 22 – two local players and a maximum of one foreigner. The IPL mega-auction, which is scheduled for February 12-13 in Bangalore, is on the verge of collapse due to the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is also known that the former skipper of Delhi Capitals (DC) Shreyas Iyer could have become the captain of the Ahmedabad team, but eventually it turned out that Hardik Pandya would take this place of honor. They also wanted to invite 23-year-old Ishan Kishan as their wicketkeeper-batter. The most interesting details — the duration of the contract and salary – have not yet been disclosed.
As for the yet-to-be-formed coaching staff, it is already known that the CVC group is already talking with Ashish Nehre, Gary Kirsten and Vikram Solanki. They are expected to be the head coach, mentor and director of the cricket team. But again, we will find out the exact information later.
CVC’s close connection with a UK betting firm initially led to the suspension of the Ahmedabad Letter of Intent. In any case, following the meeting of the Governing Council (GC) of the IPL on Tuesday, the two sides had to go forward with their paperwork.
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