IPL 9 Rajkot Team Gujarat Lions Squad 2016
This year’s Indian Premier League has got another new team from Rajkot which is being named as the Gujarat Lions. This is the 9th edition of the entertainment packed cricket league with eight teams. Last year much controversy of match fixing shocked the IPL world, resulting two year ban on two teams, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). So in place of these two teams, two new teams will play this season’s IPL, one named the Gujarat Lions and another is the Rising Pune Supergiants.
Unveiling Ceremony of Rajkot Team
In a recent ceremony of the team from Rajkot, it was named the Gujarat Lions. Mr. Kushal Bansal, the owner of this team, unveiled the team name as Gujarat Lions, the new team logo, the official team jersey and also announced the team captain and team coach. The name ‘Gujarat Lions’ was decided after having an online voting with some probable names.
Gujarat Lions team gets new skipper and new coach
The Gujarat Lions has picked Indian star batsman Suresh Raina as their captain. Raina played the last IPL editions under the Chennai Super Kings and was considered one of their greatest assets with both batting in the middle order and spin bowling. So Raina will lead the Gujarat Lions in this year IPL. In the recent press conference, he has asked everyone from the eastern region of India to support the Rajkot team. Also Brad Hodge is being given the responsibility to coach the Gujarat Lions team. He has got immense experience as an Australian player and as well as IPL player and is one of the finest players of T20 format.
Player line up of Gujarat Lions
As per the last IPL ceremony of transferring the players of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals to different teams, held in the month of November, 2015, the Rajkot team bagged five players from both the suspended teams. The IPL auction will took place on 6th Feb, 2016 and the team owner and Suresh Raina are hopeful to grab the best combination of players and spend their money wisely.
Why the new teams are formed?
The main reason behind the formation of two new teams is because, last year, the Supreme Court has passed an order for suspension of the two franchisees CSK and RR, because their team owners and management staffs were found guilty of IPL match betting. The suspension order is for two seasons, i.e. IPL 2016 and IPL 2017. So the new Rajkot team and the Pune team have taken the players of CSK and RR in an IPL draft. The remaining players will be purchased in the next IPL auction and team owners are chalking out the game plan for the much awaited auction.
Rajkot Team Gujarat Lions Squad 2016
|Sl. No.||Player name||Country play for||Purchase amount (in Rs.)||Team played for in last IPL|
|1||Suresh Raina (C)||India||12.5 crore||CSK|
|2||Ravindra Jadeja||India||9.5 crore||CSK|
|3||Dwayne Bravo||West Indies||4 crore||CSK|
|4||Brendon McCullum||New Zealand||7.5 crore||CSK|
|5||James Faulkner||Australia||5.5 crore||RR|
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