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Lucknow IPL Franchise gets BCCI virtual clearance - players, logo & much more to be unveiled soon

The newly constituted Lucknow Franchise for the Indian Premier League will get its LoI on January 11

Dear Lucknowites, your own IPL team spins towards reality with parent company Sanjiv Goenka's RPSG Group gets virtual clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India. As per reports, the formal clearance and the Letter of Intent (LoI) will be handed to the team during the Governing Council meeting slated on January 11.

Once the team bags this, they will be officially permitted to introduce themselves into the T-20 cricket league. Notably, the Ahemdabad franchise is also on the same page and is presently awaiting its LoI.

Lucknow IPL team prepares for debut in Season 15

While the Lucknow Team has announced that Gautam Gambhir, Andy Flower and Vijay Dhaiya are on the coaching board, not much has been revealed about the players. Though stirring speculations hover around one particular name, KL Rahul, amid all the IPL Shenanigans, it must be noted that the BCCI has not yet given the formal go-ahead to the team to sign players entitled for recruitment outside the auction.

As of the present plan of action, both Lucknow and Ahmedabad IPL Teams will be given two weeks to sign such players. All discussions regarding this, the wild-card entry of teams in the upcoming Season 15 and player auction will be addressed during the Governing Council meeting on Tuesday. The final time period to sign players will be revealed only after this.

The BCCI has marked February 12 and 13 as the tentative auction dates but has not ruled out the option of postponing it by a week. The official schedule will be under the meeting review too, added reports. Dates will be made public after the GC meeting.

What should the Lucknow IPL team be called?

Meanwhile, the Lucknow franchise has not left any stone unturned to keep the excitement cruising among fans. Only a week ago, the debutant IPL team announced its arrival on social media platforms, giving the city dwellers a chance to connect with the team. All profiles, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have implored the people to suggest titles for the yet unnamed team, in a bid to keep the buzz alive.

Amidst all the frenzy, word has it that players like Ravi Bishnou, Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis are presently under the Goenka Radar. As already informed, none of the names has been announced officially but the wait is surely not long anymore!

Here’s a list of route diversions applicable in Lucknow tomorrow due to Republic Day celebrations

The traffic authorities have blocked certain routes and have created major route diversions across the city on Republic Day. The route diversions are said to be effective from 6 AM.

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New ₹900 crore annual budget plan approved to bolster civic development in Mumbai

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The Goa University administration on January 13, 2021, announced to postpone the examinations by three weeks.

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Lucknow charts COVID-19 recovery; fresh case tally sees a dip for second consecutive day

Around 1818 fresh COVID cases were reported in Lucknow on Monday, down from 2326 on Sunday

Pointing towards a recovery trend, fresh infections in Lucknow have dipped for two consecutive days on Monday, bringing a huge respite to the city. Around 1,818 new coronavirus cases were reported here on January 24, down from 2,326 cases on Sunday and 2660 on Saturday. With 2402 recoveries, the healing wave surged stronger than the daily transmission load, adding to the pandemic relief here. However, a single virus-related fatality indicated that the COVID threat has not completely subsided.

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DGCA extends suspension of international passenger flights in India till February 28

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21 Omicron sub-lineage 'BA.2' cases reported in Indore

Of this new load, around 6 are children.

Amid the rampant fears of Omicron spread in the country, 21 infections of BA.2, a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant have doubled the threat in Indore. Of this load, six happen to children including a one-day-old infant. As per reports, all cases of the sub-mutation have been traced at a private laboratory in Indore, in the last 18 days. Since the new variant is relatively new, doctors and healthcare experts are conflicted over the severity of the infection caused by it.

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Painting UP Green! Four 'Vedic Paint' manufacturing sites to be set up in the state soon

The four paint units will be set up at Barabanki, Varanasi, Ballia and Meerut

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