Indian Premier League is not going to be the same from the next year onwards. Not only is there going to be a mega auction ahead of the 2022 season, but there are also two more teams that are being added into the mix for the first time- the Lucknow franchise and the Ahmedabad franchise. And now it is being learned that the Lucknow side has started formal functioning.
This became evident when the RP Sanjiv Goenka group-owned team renamed its existing IPL Twitter handle Rising Pune Supergiants into IPL 2022 Lucknow franchise. In addition, the team shared a picture of the famous Rumi Darwaza from the Twitter handle @TeamLucknow.
The post shows that Lucknow are looking for the right name for their team which will become their identity in the coming time. While there has not been any tweet made from that account yet, they have put this name up in the cover image of the page which contains the tagline: "‘Naam ke Haqdaar, Pehle Aap" and "Naam Banao, Naam Kamao," indicating their search for a name.
Andy Flower, Gautam Gambhir and Vijay Dahiya- list of Lucknow's support staff
Meanwhile, Lucknow has already roped in Gautam Gambhir as the mentor of the franchise and now the latest to the franchise is Vijay Dahiya who has been included as an assistant coach. The 48-year-old is from Haryana and has rich coaching and talent scouting experience, involved as a scout for the Delhi Capitals franchise in recent years along with performing the same role for the Delhi Ranji Trophy side.
"I am delighted and grateful for the opportunity given to me to work with the Lucknow IPL franchise," Dahiya said as quoted by Times of India.
In addition, Lucknow have also appointed former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower as their head coach. Although there is no official word, India's new limited-overs full-time vice-captain KL Rahul, who was Punjab's skipper for the last two seasons, is also expected to lead the brand-new franchise. Rahul was not retained by Punjab and even shared a farewell message for the franchise on social media which has added fuel to the speculations.