KL Rahul will captain the yet-to-be-named Lucknow franchise in the upcoming IPL 2022, a league source told PTI on Tuesday.

It is learnt that Rahul is one of the players Lucknow has picked from the draft ahead of the mega auction on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and uncapped Indian leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi are the other two.

”Rahul will captain Lucknow. The team is deciding on the other two draft picks,” an IPL source told PTI.

As per ESPNCricinfo, the Lucknow franchise will go into the February auction with a purse of INR 60 crore – Rahul cost them INR 15 crore, Stoinis INR 11 crore, and Bishnoi INR 4 crore.

Rahul led Punjab Kings for the past two seasons but did not want to stay at the franchise and was subsequently released by the management.

Bishnoi was also with Punjab while Stoinis represented Delhi Capitals.

Notably, RPSG Group had shelled out Rs 7090 crore to buy the Lucknow franchise.

Rahul is currently the stand-in captain of the Indian ODI team in South Africa in the absence of an injured Rohit Sharma.

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