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IPL 2022 Auction: Check how Ahmedabad trumped Lucknow Franchise with a ‘MASTERSTROKE’ to sign RASHID Khan?

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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 & now world’s best spinner is in Ahmedabad squad: Follow IPL Auction LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN

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

How Ahmedabad trumped Lucknow SuperGiants?

Rashid Khan was offered 11 Crore salary by Lucknow IPL team.

KL Rahul was team’s 1st signing at 17 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.

This gave huge amount of comfort to Rashid Khan and he agreed to sign on the dotted line.

“We wanted fair deal for Rashid Khan. He is the world’s best. Rashid felt pleased with being treated at par with the top Indian & global cricketers. Ahmedabad team was very fair in their approach”, informed source close to Rashid Khan.

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 8 crore. This means the Ahmedabad franchise will go into the auction in February with a purse of INR 52 crore.

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

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 8 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 became an integral member of the MI 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.

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 52 crore to sign 15 players.


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.

Also on suggestion of Ashish Nehra team is also set to rope in former India spinner Aashish Kapoor as team’s spin coach.

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