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Ahmedabad Ropes In Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan & Shubman Gill For IPL 2022

The Ahmedabad has appointed former India pacer  Ashish Nehra as head coach, Gary Kirsten,  likely to assume the role of a mentor, and former England batsman Vikram Solanki will be the team director.

Mumbai customs officials seize two luxury watches worth Rs 5 cr from Hardik Pandya at airport
File Photo of Indian Cricketer Hardik Pandya. (Image: File)

New Delhi: The 15th edition of the IPL will witness a dramatic overhaul after two new teams Lucknow and Ahmedabad were added which made it a 10-team affair. As per the rules, the two new franchises can retain a maximum of three players ahead of the IPL 2020 Mega Auction.

Meanwhile, a major update related to the Ahmedabad franchise has come to the fore. As per news agency PTI, Ahmedabad have finalised Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill as their draft picks for the upcoming IPL season.

“Ahmedabad has decided on its players and accordingly informed the BCCI about their draft picks. Hardik, Rashid and Shubman are the three choices,” a senior IPL official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

“They wanted Ishan Kishan badly but it is understood that Ishan is more interested in going back to the auction and there is a high chance that MI might buy him at a premium price.”

According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Ahmedabad will pay Rs 15 Crores each to both Rashid and Hardik, while Shubman Gill will be paid Rs 7 Crore.

Earlier on January 10, PTI had reported all-rounder Hardik Pandya might be seen leading the Ahmedabad team in IPL 15.

Hardik Pandya has been part of the Mumbai Indians franchise since his IPL debut in 2015 season. He was released by the franchise ahead of the upcoming IPL 2022 mega auction.

The all-rounder has been under the scanner for his fitness issues since the 2019 World Cup, after which he had to undergo back surgery.

The Ahmedabad team was bought by CVC Capitals and has former India pacer  Ashish Nehra as head coach, Gary Kirsten,  likely to assume the role of a mentor, and former England batsman Vikram Solanki will be the team director.

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