IPL 2022 mega auctions are around the corner and the excitement ahead of the marquee league just adds up. This time the IPL is going to be much bigger and grand with two new franchises making their debut.
Teams representing Lucknow and Ahmedabad are set to join the race in IPL 15. As per reports, former Indian speedster Ashish Nehra will reprise his role of coach for the Ahmedabad franchise, and former English cricketer Vikram Solanki is expected to be the Director of Cricket.
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Nehra in his career has played for multiple franchises and had been a part of the coaching staff of RCB. Reports also suggest that Gary Kirsten, India’s 2011 WC-winning coach who was part of the RCB coaching setup with Nehra will be the mentor of the Ahmedabad side.
However, fans still await an official announcement by the franchise. In accordance with the BCCI dictum, the franchise can only make the formal declaration once they receive the ‘Letter of Intent (LOI).
“As far as I have heard, they have signed Ashish as their head coach and someone who would be in overall charge of the franchise. Solanki will be the Director of Cricket and also expected to double up as batting coach and Kirsten will be in a mentorship role,” a senior IPL source said on conditions of anonymity.
“The Ahmedabad franchise can’t announce it formally as it is a BCCI diktat and they can only make a formal announcement after they get the LOI. The head honchos of Ahmedabad franchise has already interviewed the trio and short-listed them for the season,” the source added.
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Nehra has not been a part of the coaching core of any of the IPL franchises for the last two seasons. Despite several offers to the veteran, Nehra intended to only join a team if he is offered the role of Head Coach. His last experience with the RCB did not go too well, as the Virat Kohli-led side failed to reach the playoffs during his tenure.
Nehra, therefore, looks forward to working with a team and building it from scratch. With the mega auction a few weeks away, the new Ahmedabad franchise will surely aim to build a mighty side and begin their maiden campaign on a high.
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