What marked a turning point in the history of IPL in October last year was the acquisition of the Lucknow Supergiants and Ahmedabad franchises, making the biggest and richest cricket league in the world even bigger and richer.
The Lucknow team have decided their first three picks ahead of the mega-auction. They have picked KL Rahul for INR 17 crore, Marcus Stoinis for INR 11 crore, and Ravi Bishnoi for INR 4 crore. It is learned that Rahul will also captain the franchise. And hence will go in the February auction with a purse of INR 60 crore.
With regards to their coaching team, the franchise had earlier appointed Andy Flower as their head coach and Vijay Dahia as assistant coach. Gautam Gambhir has been roped in as the mentor.
The names of both the new franchises have not been announced yet.