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IPL 2022: Ashish Nehra likely to become head coach of Ahmedabad franchise

Ashish Nehra has been touted to become the head coach, while Vikram Solanki is expected to take over as ‘Director of Cricket’ for the Ahmedabad franchise in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season.

Ashish Nehra retired from internattional crickett in November 2017 (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • IPL 2022 will see the addition of two new teams in the form of Ahmedabad and Lucknow
  • Ashish Nehra has emerged as the frontrunner in the race of head coach for the Ahmedabad franchise
  • The likes of Vikram Solanki and Gary Kirsten are also expected to join Ahmedabad

The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is still a few months but the hullabaloo surrounding the two new teams continues to hog the limelight. The IPL 2022 will be seen welcoming the likes of Ahmedabad and Lucknow who are currently busy building their squads.

With the much-anticipated auctions just a month away, the Ahmedabad franchise seems to have sorted their management team with Ashish Nehra reported to join the ranks as their head coach.

On the other hand, former England batsman Vikram Solanki and World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten are also expected to join Ahmedabad in the roles of ‘Director of Cricket’ and mentor respectively.

“As far as I have heard, they have signed Ashish as their head coach and someone who would be in overall charge of the franchise. Solanki will be the ‘Director of Cricket’ and also expected to double up as batting coach and Kirsten will be in a mentorship role,” a senior IPL source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

“The Ahmedabad franchise can’t announce it formally as it is a BCCI diktat and they can only make a formal announcement after they get the Letter Of Intent. The head honchos of the Ahmedabad franchise has already interviewed the trio and short-listed them for the season,” the source said.

Nehra has had some coaching experience, notably with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) where he also worked closely with Kirsten for a couple of seasons. The former Indian seamer also shares a good rapport with Solanki who has previously worked as a coach in the IPL.

The Ahmedabad franchise is expected to receive its formal ‘Letter of Intent’ (LOI) during the month. Once it gets the green light from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the new IPL franchise will also rope in a few assistant coaches to aid them in the upcoming season.

While the ever-growing list of Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in India continues to threaten proceedings, the fifteenth edition of the IPL is expected to begin by the first week of April before the mega auction which is likely to be held from 11-12 February.

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