Warne 'closer' to joining Rajasthan Royals as mentor

The deal, if it falls through, is likely to be officially announced by Saturday.

Former Australia spinner Shane Warne is likely to return to Rajasthan Royals as its mentor.   -  Getty Images

Shane Warne's tweet earlier this week had raised speculations about his return to Rajasthan Royals in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Sportstar has reliably learnt that the Australian spin legend is 'closer' to joining the Rajasthan outfit as its mentor. "He is definitely in talks with Royals but the terms and conditions are being discussed upon now. The deal will be sealed once both parties agree to the terms," a source, who is in the know of the development, said, adding that a formal announcement could be expected by Saturday.

 

On Sunday, Warne, who had captained the Royals for four seasons — from 2008 to 2011 — took to Twitter to indicate that he is taking up a new profile in the IPL. "Looking forward to making an announcement to you guys this week which I’m very excited about & yes it involves the #IPL2018!," Warne had tweeted.

While the officials remain mum on the development, sources confirmed to Sportstar that Warne — who shares a good rapport with the Royals bosses — is in talks with the franchise and is 'seriously considering' the offer. There were speculations of Warne donning the role of a commentator, but he looks headed to the Royals camp. Zubin Bharucha has been named the director of cricket operations and there would be separate coaches for batting and bowling departments.

The former Aussie spinner led the Royals to its only IPL title victory in 2008 and has been one of the major backers of the Rajasthan outfit which is returning to the IPL bandwagon after a two-year suspension.

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