IPL 2022: The Lucknow franchise of the IPL has signed Andy Flower as their Head Coach. The franchise made an official announcement after getting permission from the BCCI which had earlier restricted the new franchise from making any declarations. Though Some restrictions still exist.
The owner of the Lucknow IPL team, Sanjiv Goenka said, “As a player and a coach Andy has left an indelible mark in the history of cricket. We respect his professionalism and hope he will work with our vision and add value to our team.”
Earlier it was reported that Andy Flower is eyed as franchisee’s favorite to be appointed as Lucknow team’s head coach. According to reports, the franchise is likely to rope in KL Rahul as one of its off-auction recruitments. This move will unite KL Rahul and Flower as both were a part of the Punjab Kings side till IPL 2021. KL Rahul was Punjab Kings captain while Flower was the assistant coach.
“I am incredibly excited to be joining the new Lucknow franchise and I am very grateful for the opportunity,” Flower said. “Since my very first tour to India in 1993, I have always loved touring, playing, and coaching in India. The passion for cricket in India is unrivaled and it is a real privilege to lead an IPL franchise and I am looking forward to working closely with Dr. Goenka and the Lucknow team. I will relish the challenge to build something meaningful and successful with the Lucknow franchise, I am looking forward to meeting the management and staff when I visit Uttar Pradesh in the New Year.”
Earlier BCCI has advised the new team not to make any signings or announcements on their player recruitments until they receive a formal go-ahead from the board. The restrictions were placed in view of the ambiguity surrounding the second new IPL team which is Ahmedabad-based franchise. The BCCI hasn’t formally given the franchisee rights to the American venture capitalist firm, CVC Sports. It is believed that the clearance of franchisee rights will require a little more time.
Both the new teams of the IPL, Lucknow & Ahmedabad were given time until December 25 to sign a maximum of three players. However, due to the prohibition on the signing of players, their deadline will get extended once there is clarity over the second new team.
The IPL new team of Lucknow is a part of the 7 billion dollar RPSG Group that had previously owned Pune Supergiants, for 2016 and 2017, when both Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals had been suspended.