Ahead of the IPL mega auction, one of the new teams in the mix, Ahmedabad have reportedly decided on their initial picks.
According to a report in PTI, the Ahmedabad franchise are picking Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill before the auction.
The former Mumbai Indians man Hardik is expected to captain the Ahmedabad franchise.
However, their third choice Ishan Kishan didn't work out and they zeroed in on Gill, who could also be seen as a potential captaincy candidate.
"Ahmedabad has decided on its players and accordingly informed the BCCI about their draft picks. Hardik, Rashid and Shubman are the three choices," a senior IPL official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
"They wanted Ishan Kishan badly but it is understood that Ishan is more interested in going back to the auction and there is a high chance that MI might buy him at a premium price."
The other team in the mix is Lucknow and they have not finalised on their initial picks yet but various reports suggest that KL Rahul is likely to captain the side.
The IPL Auction ahead of the 2022 season is expected to happen in the second week of February. The venue for IPL 2022 is still undecided as the BCCI looks to work its way around the coronavirus pandemic.
IPL 2020 and IPL 2021's second phase were held in UAE while IPL 2021 started off in India.
(With PTI Inputs)
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