Two brand new IPL teams, Ahmedabad and Lucknow, have yet to reveal their official names, but the franchises have revealed their three draft choices ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. The names of the captains of the two new IPL teams have also been revealed, as well as the amount of money paid to the players to join the teams.
Ahmedabad IPL team announced they have roped in all-rounder Hardik Pandya, spinner Rashid Khan and young team India opener Shubman Gill for IPL 2022. The Ahmedabad franchise also confirmed Hardik Pandya as the captain of their team.
Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya took to Twitter to post a video expressing his excitement to begin his new journey as the captain of Ahmedabad in the IPL.
“Hello Ahmedabad. Super excited to start this new journey in the new IPL team Ahmedabad. Just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the owners, management for putting their faith in me as a captain of this team,” Hardik said in the video.
The Ahmedabad IPL team will pay Rs 15 crore each to Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan and Rs 8 crore to Shubman Gill to play for them in IPL 2022.
“It’s a new era for us and I am excited what lies ahead. What I can promise you is this team will always fight and give it their all. A big welcome to Rashid and Shubman as well, two players whom I know extremely well and will bring a lot to our table. See you soon,” the he added.
Talking about Lucknow, the franchise has bagged KL Rahul for Rs 17 crore, Marcus Stoinis for Rs 9.2 crore and young Indian uncapped spinner Ravi Bishnoi for Rs 4 crore.