IPL 2018: Shane Warne becomes Rajasthan Royals mentor

Jaipur : Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne was on Tuesday named the mentor of Rajasthan Royals for the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) which will see the western outfit make a comeback after a two-year ban.

The 48-year-old, who was Rajasthan's captain-cum-coach during their sensational title win in 2008 inaugural edition, confessed that the Jaipur franchise had always been close to his heart.

IPL 2018: Shane Warne becomes Rajasthan Royals mentor
IPL 2018: Shane Warne becomes Rajasthan Royals mentor

"I am very happy and excited to be back with the Rajasthan Royals who I believe hold a very special place in my cricketing journey. I am overwhelmed by the love and affection showered on me by the franchise and fans of Rajasthan Royals," Warne said.

"We have a strong, young and energetic bunch of boys and I am looking forward to work with them."

Royals also named former Mumbai batsman Zubin Barucha as their head of cricket. He was a part of the franchise in 2008 as well.