Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill are set to be a part of the Ahmedabad franchise for the upcoming IPL season.

The Ahmedabad franchise, which was bought last October by CVC Capital Partners (Irelia Company Pte Ltd), has also finalized its coaching staff – they will be led by former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra, and former South Africa batter and head coach Gary Kirsten.

Former England batter Vikram Solanki, who is currently Surrey’s head coach, will be the team director.

This is the second IPL franchise where the trio of Nehra, Kirsten, and Solanki will work together: the previous instance was at Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Ahmedabad and Lucknow, the two new teams in the IPL, are yet to disclose the players they have bought but the deadline for doing so is fast approaching: January 22. Both teams were given the same purse – INR 90 crore – as the existing eight franchises.

However, unlike the other teams, which could retain four players, the two new ones can buy a maximum of three players with the overseas slot limited to one.

This is the first time Hardik and Rashid will play for the same team in the IPL, having previously represented Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.