Suresh Raina, dashing cricketer who has been playing for Chennai Super kings under the stewardship of MS Dhoni, the Indian Skipper, will be the captain of newly formed Rajkot Franchise”Gujarat Lions” (GL) which will be taking part in VIVO IPL 9 starting on 08 Apr 2016.
Intex is the company which bought this franchise.
So far, B McCullum, A Jadeja, Suresh Raina, D Bravo, J Faulkner have been included in the team out of players of CSK and RR. Both these teams have been banned from IPL for 2 years.
Remaining players will be selected during auction to be held on 06 Feb 2016 at Bengaluru. Maximum 18 Indian and 9 foreign players can be selected by a team. The budget available to GL is 27.0 Crores out of total initial allotment of 66 Crores to each team.
Brad Hodge is the coach of the team. He is the first batsman to score 5000 runs in T20 format of the game. He has played 250 first class as well as T20 matches.
GL once formed will undoubtedly be one of the strongest teams in IPL 9. Pune Super Gians also will be a very strong team. I feel, either of these two teams will be the Champions this season.
Good Luck to Gl and Suresh Raina.