A total of 10 teams will be seen playing in IPL 2022, out of which one team will be from Lucknow. In the year 2021, two new teams were entered in the IPL, in which one was Lucknow and the other was Ahmedabad. Now the Lucknow franchise has announced the name of the head coach of its team before IPL 2022.
Expressing confidence in Andy Flower, the Lucknow franchise has appointed the head coach of the team. Andy Flower was associated with the IPL team Punjab Kings in the year 2021 and was working as an assistant coach.
RP Sanjeev Goenka Group announced this by tweeting on Friday. Andy Flower was associated with Punjab Kings as an assistant coach for the last two seasons. He said that he is very excited to be associated with the new franchise. He loves touring, playing and coaching this country since his first tour of India in 1993. The kind of passion that India has for cricket cannot be compared.
On the other hand, Dr. Sanjeev Goenka, owner of the Lucknow franchise, said- ‘Andy Flower has left an indelible mark in cricket as a player and coach. We respect his professionalism. It is worth noting that it was under the coaching of Andy Flower that England won the T20 World Cup in 2010. Flower had also propelled England to the first place in the Test rankings.
Lokesh Rahul, who captained the Punjab team for the last two seasons, is also expected to join the Lucknow franchise. It is worth noting that RP Sanjeev Goenka Group has bought the Lucknow franchise for a very high bid of Rs 7090 crore. The Lucknow team has not been named yet.
Andy Flower is a former player of the Zimbabwe cricket team and used to play the role of wicketkeeper-batsman for the team. He represented this team for more than 10 years and was also the captain of the team. Later he also became the coach of Zimbabwe cricket team and Andy has a long experience of coaching. He also served as the coach of the England cricket team from 2009 to 2014 and did a great job.
At present, he is also the head coach of Pakistan Super League team Multan-Sultan and is working with this team. Apart from this, he is also the head coach of CPL’s team St. Lucia.
53-year-old Andy Flower also had a stellar cricket career and he is the first Zimbabwean cricketer to make it to the ICC Hall of Fame. Andy Flower was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but played for Zimbabwe from 1992 to 2003. He was considered to be the best Test batsman and in his career he scored 4794 runs in 63 Test matches at an average of 51.54 which included 12 centuries. In Tests, he took 191 catches behind the wicket while stumping 9 batsmen. In ODIs, he scored 6786 runs in 213 matches and took 141 catches and 32 stumpings.