The 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to be quite a bang and ten teams are going to participate instead of eight. The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) had also announced two new teams after the auction process in October. The Lucknow franchise was bought by the Sanjeev Goenka Group, while the Ahmedabad franchise was acquired by CVC Capitals.
Now the Lucknow franchise has also started preparations for its first season. For this, the franchise has finalized two candidates for the post of head coach. According to a Cricbuzz report, Andy Flower and Daniel Vettori are the two contenders for the post, with Flower being the most likely to get the green light. Gary Kirsten and Trevor Bayliss were also reported to be in this round, but they failed to make the final list.
One of the reasons why Flower, a former Zimbabwe player, got the edge is that he has already worked with KL Rahul. Rahul is also in talks with the franchise to become the captain of Lucknow. Flower and KL Rahul have worked together during their stint with Punjab Kings (PBKS) and the two have a great rapport. However, it has also been reported that both had suggested their names for high-profile posts.
However, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned franchise has not yet received further orders from the BCCI. In such a situation, according to the report of Cricbuzz, an announcement about this is not expected soon. Things have come to a halt due to uncertainty over the CVC franchise issue. Notably, CVC is the second firm to have won the bid for a new IPL franchise. However, the firm remains a topic of discussion due to its investment in a betting company in the UK.
Flower had recently decided to step down from the role of assistant coach at Punjab Kings. This information was given by a BCCI official. The BCCI official had said, ‘He recently sent his resignation to the team. It has been accepted. There is a good chance that he should move to one of the new teams (Lucknow or Ahmedabad).’