The newly formed Rajkot IPL Team has announced its official name as ‘Gujarat Lions’ and ace cricketer Suresh Raina will captain the new team. Raina will lead a star-studded side that will have former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum besides experienced all-rounders like Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner and Dwayne Bravo. Brad Hodge has been appointed as the coach of the team while Arvinder Singh will be the CEO of Gujarat Lions.
“We have named our team as ‘Gujarat Lions’ to try and capture this spirit of Gujarat. The name brings an instant connect with fans not just across the state but all over the world. Suresh Raina is a remarkable player with an impeccable record in all formats of the game. His extensive experience combined with his great leadership skills, will help us in putting together a winning strategy for the team. We finalized Brad Hodge as the team coach on the basis of his successful contribution to the Australian National team and his excellent stint in IPL. I am confident that our team will benefit immensely from his guidance and mentorship,” said Keshav Bansal, Owner, Gujarat Lions & Director, Intex Technologies.
Commenting on his appointment as the team captain, Suresh Raina said, “I am honoured to have been chosen for this role. We already have some of the best cricketing talent in the team and I look forward to the challenges, the opportunity, the excitement, the energy and will lead from the front to ensure we have a great debut.”