The Indian Premier League(IPL) is one of the most popular cricket leagues. Since its inauguration in 2008, it has become more and more popular and has been tremendous for fans of cricket. In the IPL 2022, two new teams from Lucknow and Ahmedabad are added. Both the teams are on the search for their backroom staff at first before building up the team.
Reports have emerged that the Lucknow franchise has shortlisted the likes of Daniel Vettori and Andy Flower for the position of their head coach. It has also been reported that Flowers is at present the one the franchise is leaning towards.
Former Indian coach Gary Kirsten who helped India to win the 2011 World Cup and Trevor Bayliss were also on the list. However, both Kirsten and Bayliss could not make the cut to the final list.
Why does Lucknow prefer Flowers?
The reason behind Andy Flower being the first choice can be attributed to Lucknow’s talks with KL Rahul. KL is in talks with the Lucknow franchise and can lead the team. Rahul has previously worked with Flower in the Punjab kings. Both of them have a great bond and both would love to work again together. Meanwhile, it is also been reported that both of them have contacted the franchise and are willing to be a part of the new team.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has still been giving both the franchises a go-ahead because of Ahmedabad’s co-owners CVC Capitals issues. The CVC group, according to reports, has connections with some betting companies so the investigation is ongoing in the matter. The Lucknow franchise is owned by the Sanjiv Goenka group.
Flower’s experience as a coach
Andy Flower recently quit his post as the head coach of the Punjab Kings. According to a BCCI official,
“He sent his resignation to the team recently. It has been accepted. There is a good chance that he will go to one of the new teams.”
Flower is among the most experienced coaches one will find. He has worked with the English National team for more than a decade. Recently he was made the head coach of the Punjab Kings for two years. He worked alongside former Indian coach Anil Kumble.
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