In the IPL’s upcoming season 9, there are two new teams Rajkot IPL team and Pune IPL team included. Recently, Rajkot IPL team’s name, captain and coach names are declared. Rajkot IPL Team is named as “GUJARAT LIONS”. Indian cricketer Suresh Raina is appointed as a caption of the new Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajkot. Brad Hodge, former Australian cricketer and a T20 specialist, was announced as the coach of the team.
Gujarat Lions IPL Team 2016 Captain:
Gujarat Lions IPL Team 2016 Coach:
Brad Hodge, Australia
The Rajkot team named as the Gujarat Lions and will be lead by Suresh Raina. The Pune franchise has been named the Rising Pune Super Giants (RPSG) and will be lead by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Gujarat Lions IPL Team 2016 Logo:
Rajkot’s bid was won by the Intex Technologies Ltd. while the bid for the Pune franchise was bagged by New Rising. Franchise owner Keshav Bansal said in a statement that, “Suresh Raina is a remarkable player with an impeccable record in all formats of the game.”
Bansal said, “The team name was chosen after a poll on social media where Gujarat Lions was the most voted name. Our home ground will be Rajkot. We are in talks with Gujarat government and may come up with an academy there.”
Gujarat Lions and other IPL teams will now get to buy more players from a big auction list in February.
The launch of the team name and the logo, at that time Raina said that, “Dhoni and I talked about it in Australia (playing for different IPL teams). It will be fun. Imagine, Jadeja celebrating Dhoni’s dismissal.”
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