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IPL 2022: Ahmedabad retained players revealed, Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan signed at 15 core salary each

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IPL 2022: Ahmedabad IPL franchise retained players – Ahmedabad IPL franchise is all set to announce Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill as their three draft picks ahead of IPL 2022 Auction. But interestingly, Ahmedabad will pay Rs 15 crore each to both Hardik and Rashid while the former is going to lead the side. Shubman will be paid Rs 8 Crore. Follow IPL 2022 Mega Auction Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

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.

IPL 2022: Ahmedabad retained players revealed, Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan signed at 15 core salary each

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Ahmedabad IPL franchise 3 picks:

  • Hardik Pandya (Captain) – Rs 15 crore
  • Rashid Khan – Rs 15 Crore
  • Shubman Gill – Rs 8 Crore

IPL 2022: Ahmedabad retained players revealed, Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan signed at 15 core salary each

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 important 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.

IPL 2022: Ahmedabad retained players revealed, Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan signed at 15 core salary each

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.

IPL 2022: Ahmedabad retained players revealed, Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan signed at 15 core salary each

For Shubman Gill, although he wanted to stay at Kolkata Knight Riders, he will switch allegiance to Ahmedabad for a massive hike. In 58 matches, Shubman Gill has scored 1,417 runs at an average of 31.48.

IPL 2022: Ahmedabad retained players revealed, Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan signed at 15 core salary each

While IPL Governing Council set three slabs for three players for the two new entrants — Rs 15 Cr, Rs 11 Cr and Rs 7 Cr apart from Rs 4 Cr for uncapped, Ahmedabad decided to keep both Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan on the same bracket of Rs 15 Cr each.

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 8 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: Ahmedabad retained players revealed, Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan signed at 15 core salary each

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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