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IPL 2022 Auction: Ahmedabad trumps Lucknow Franchise with a ‘MASTERSTROKE’ to sign RASHID Khan, check how?

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IPL 2022 – Ahmedabad Franchise Masterstroke: CVC Capital backed Ahmedabad franchise came late in the game but has trumped Lucknow franchise in signing star spinner Rashid Khan with a ‘MASTERSTROKE’. Lucknow was in advance talks to sign Rashid Khan as their second signing after KL Rahul – but Ahmedabad came late to spoil their party: Follow IPL 2022 Auction LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN

Rashid Khan was offered 11 Crore salary by Lucknow IPL team. KL Rahul was team’s 1st signing at 15 Crore. The Afghan spinner wasn’t too pleased with the offer & that is when Ahmedabad franchise entered the RACE.

In a MASTERSTROKE, Ahmedabad team 1st convinced Hardik Pandya to sign for 15 Crores & then signed Rashid Khan as well for the same amount.

IPL 2022 – Ahmedabad Franchise Masterstroke: It is worth noting that the IPL has set INR 15 crore, INR 11 crore and INR 7 crore for franchises retaining three players. But Ahmedabad franchise somehow manoeuvred the slabs and have signed both Hardik & Rashid Khan for the same price.

The third player – Gill – will be paid INR 7 crore. This means the Ahmedabad franchise will go into the auction in February with a purse of INR 53 crore.

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IPL 2022 Auction: Ahmedabad trumps Lucknow Franchise with a ‘MASTERSTROKE’ to sign RASHID Khan, check how?

Ahmedabad Franchise MasterstrokeHardrik Pandya to lead? It will be the first time that Hardik Pandya will lead a side in the IPL after Mumbai Indians released him due to poor form and injury issues.

Ahmedabad IPL franchise 3 picks:

Hardik Pandya (Captain) – Rs 15 crore
Rashid Khan – Rs 15 Crore
Shubman Gill – Rs 7 Crore

Hardik Pandya Ahmedabad captain – Hardik was the discovery of Mumbai Indians’ scouts. In 2015, he was picked up by MI for Rs 10 lakh and since then, he has become an integral member of the team.

With his steady progress, he established himself as the best allorunder of India, scoring 1,476 runs and taking 42 wickets in 92 matches. He was retained by MI for Rs 11 Crore ahead of the 2018 Auction.

For Rashid Khan, it came down to picking between two franchises — Ahmedabad and Lucknow. And he will don the Ahmedabad jersey after getting a significant raise of Rs 6 crore. At SRH, he was earning Rs 9 crore per season but his salary negotiations failed and he was let go.

In 76 matches in IPL, he has bagged 92 wickets and is considered the best T20 spinner.

Shubman Gill trumps Ishan Kishan: For Shubman Gill, although he wanted to stay at Kolkata Knight Riders, he will switch allegiance to Ahmedabad for a massive hike.

The deal with Ishan Kishan didn’t work out and Ahmedabad franchise zeroed in on Gill, who could also be seen as a potential captaincy candidate in future.

“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.”

In 58 matches, Shubman Gill has scored 1,417 runs at an average of 31.48.

Salary jump for Ahmedabad trio –

Hardik Pandya – Rs 15 Cr from Rs 11 Cr (MI)
Rashid Khan – Rs 15 Cr from Rs 11 Cr (SRH)
Shubman Gill – Rs 7 Cr from Rs 1.8 Cr (KKR)

With this, the Ahmedabad IPL franchise has fixed three important positions — opening, all-round option and spinner. However, with the three announcements, Ahmedabad will go above the Rs 33-crore mark. Hence, in the IPL 2022 Auction, they will be left with Rs 53 crore to sign 15 players.

IPL 2022 Auction: Ahmedabad trumps Lucknow Franchise with a 'MASTERSTROKE' to sign RASHID Khan, check how?
IPL 2022 Auction: Ahmedabad trumps Lucknow Franchise with a ‘MASTERSTROKE’ to sign RASHID Khan, check how?

Ahmedabad IPL Team Coaching Staff: Apart from three players, Ahmedabad which is backed by CVC Capital, has also finalised the coaching roster. Ashish Nehra will be the head coach while Gary Kirsten will also be on the coaching roster. Vikram Solanki, who is the current coach of Surrey will join Ahmedabad as the Team Director.

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