The bidding process for two new IPL teams finally came to an end, as Lucknow and Ahmedabad are two of the newest cities joining the Indian Premier League (IPL). RPSG Group emerged as the highest bidder for Lucknow, with a bid of Rs 7,090 crores. RPSG Group were the owners of Rising Pune Supergiant for two years in 2016 and 2017, when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were handed two year bans.
On the other hand, Ahmedabad was awarded to CVC with a total bid of Rs 6,625 crores. With the mega auction coming up before the next IPL season, several world class players will be up for grabs. According to reports, a team can retain up two three Indian players and two overseas players, with the limit being set at 4 players.
Teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore and the two new franchises will be in the market for a player to lead the side. There are several options which includes the likes KL Rahul, Aaron Finch, Jason Holder, David Warner, Steve Smith and Joe Root.
Captains are the need of the hour for several IPL teams in the mega auction
KL Rahul is expected to be released by Punjab Kings, and if that happens, several franchises will look to go after him. Lucknow will also be on the lookout for a leader, who can lead the team for the next three or four seasons. The owners of RPSG Group are really fond of Australian cricketer, Steven Smith, and as a result, they might go after him at the auction once again.
Steve Smith had lead RPSG owned franchise, Rising Pune Supergiant to the IPL Final in 2017, where they were defeated by Mumbai Indians. David Warner is all but certain to be released by Sunrisers Hyderabad, after the Australian cricketer had a season to forget in 2021. Hence, he will also be one of the most wanted stars at the auction.
Meanwhile, Joe Root has also expressed his desire to participate in the IPL next year. Lucknow will surely shortlist the Englishman for their captaincy role. Jason Holder and Aaron Finch are other options for Lucknow who could be involved in the mega auction pool next year.