“We are not going to com-promise the long-term future for the sake of the short term. We’re looking to build a team which is sustainable in terms of performance,” Goenka told TOI on Monday.
“Obviously we would expect to go out in Year One itself and compete hard, but for the sake of competing in one year, we will not compromise the future. The emphasis will be on building a team with a mix of experience and youth, but looking at players who can at least give 3-4 years to the team. You might have the odd exception.”
The Lucknow franchise has three players on its roster as of now in Rahul, Marcus Stoinis and Ravi Bishnoi. Goenka said the emphasis would be on multi-utility players. “We are trying to bring in players who have different facets but when you build a whole team you have to bring in specialist batsmen and bowlers as well. We’re very happy with our three picks,” he said.
“Marcus (Stoinis) has sent me several texts saying he is committed to playing the role of an allrounder. Ravi is young and has a long way to go. I have been a great admirer of KL over the years. He’s cool, calculated, not effusive.”
On the new Lucknow Super Giants name, Goenka said it was the popular choice. “There is a little bit of legacy with the Pune Supergiant(s) tag. KL also subscribed to this, as did the other stakeholders.”
Goenka is aware that planning for the upcoming IPL auction can be a treacherous task. “It’s almost certain that things will not go according to plan! Almost every other team will have similar if not the same kind of plan. There will be 8 to 15 players every team will go after. You have a plan B, plan C and a plan D! There is a little bit of thinking on your feet.”