Even though the BCCI is temporarily ceasing announcements, the Lucknow franchise has ramped up its efforts. Gautam Gambhir has been announced as the coach of the RPSG-backed franchise after Andy Flower was appointed head coach and KL Rahul was named captain. During the 10-team IPL 2022, Gautam Gambhir will be the mentor and will work closely with Andy Flower and KL Rahul.
“Gambhir brings with him a proven track record in the IPL as captain for KKR. He also has a penchant for grooming young talent which Lucknow feels will suit them well ahead of what is expected to be a tough initiation into an increasingly competitive IPL scenario,” TOI quoted a source.
RPSG chief Sanjeev Goenka announced on Friday that Andy Flower would be the franchise's coach. The assistant coach of the Punjab Kings confirmed last week that he will be leaving the team after two seasons.
The Lucknow franchise will not be able to officially announce KL Rahul until BCCI gives its approval. The BCCI is awaiting a report from the CVC-backed Ahmedabad franchise. Lucknow will not be able to announce any player until the other franchise gives its clearance.
A BCCI official said, “Even the Lucknow IPL team will not do any signing or announcement till the matter of Ahmedabad franchise is not sorted. We will give equal time to both sides to complete 3 signings before auctions and for other requisites.”