IPL 2022: Hardik Pandya to captain Ahmedabad IPL team, Ashish Nehra as head coach, Former Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya is likely to lead the new franchise from Ahmedabad in the upcoming season. The 5-time champion did not retain Hardik before the mega auction.
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya is likely to be appointed as the captain of the new Ahmedabad franchise for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, sources said. The former Mumbai Indians cricketer, who hails from Baroda in Gujarat, will for the first time lead in the popular T20 league, featuring a team from his state for the first time in history.
Meanwhile, former India pacer Ashish Nehra is likely to take over as the head coach of the Ahmedabad franchise. Nehra, who retired from international cricket in 2017, had previously worked with Royal Challengers Bangalore as their assistant coach.
Hardik Pandya was not retained by Mumbai Indians as 5-time IPL champions Rohit Sharma along with Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, and Kieron Pollard went ahead as their 4th pick for retention ahead of the much-awaited IPL 2022 auction.
The Ahmedabad team will be owned by CVC Capital. CVC was one of the two companies that won the bid for two new franchises to be played in the IPL from next season. While a bid of Rs 5625 crore helped them win the Ahmedabad franchise, RPSG Group won the Lucknow franchise with a bid of Rs 7090 crore.
The CVC was delayed in receiving the letter of intent from the BCCI to win the Ahmedabad franchise after the company came under the scanner over its alleged links with betting companies after winning the Ahmedabad franchise in an auction held in Dubai in October. ,
Hardik Pandya will captain the Ahmedabad IPL team
Both the new teams have been given time till the end of the month by the BCCI to pick 3 players of their choice before the auction. Notably, all the 8 existing franchises retained 4 players each in December 2021.
Hardik has never led an IPL team before. However, the all-rounder has been an integral part of the success of Mumbai Indians over the years.
Hardik has played a total of 92 matches, in which he has scored 1476 runs at a strike rate of 153.91. He has also taken 42 wickets.
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