It's a little early to comment on the specifics about the strategy to pick key players like Mahendra ingh Dhoni © Getty Images
Sanjiv Goenka said it’s a little early to comment on the specifics about the strategy to pick key players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni (above) © Getty Images

Pune franchise owner Sanjeev Goenka kept quiet when asked whether there is any strategy in place to get India‘s ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to play for his side in IPL 2016. Goenka said that a strategy is still to be devised and it’s too early to say anything on the same right now. Goenka won the bidding for the Pune team on Tuesday. BCCI will now receive a payment of Rs. 16 crores from Goenka’s company ‘New Rising’ for the latter’s purchase of the Pune team for two seasons of IPL starting next year. READ: MS Dhoni among iconic cricketers to play for new teams in IPL 2016

In a conversation with India Today, Goenka said, “We’ll formulate a player strategy [of picking key players like MS Dhoni] very shortly. It’s a little early to comment on the specifics… Well I am excited about the prospect of being in IPL, and I do believe the BCCI is a great body under Shashank Manohar. The administration is very good and we are looking forward to the opportunity of working with him. We have no time to get a coach for the team [as of now], but there will be dialogues with a coach.” IPL 2016: Pune, Rajkot win bids for two new franchises; to replace Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals

Goenka added Pune was the only prevalent choice to bid for a team, “When you looked at the commercials, Pune stood out. Pune and Nagpur stood out in terms of commercials, so we bid for these two teams.” Sanjiv Goenka is the younger son of Ram Prasad Goenka, who founded the RPG group of companies. Sanjiv Goenka is also the co-owner of the Indian Super League (ISL) team Altetico de Kolkata along with former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, businessman Harshvardhan Neotia, Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid and Utsav Parekh.