Rajasthan Royals on Sunday named Shane Warne as its brand ambassador for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Warne, who led Rajasthan Royals to its first and only IPL title in 2008, had joined the side as the mentor in 2018. However, the franchise brought back South African Paddy Upton as the chief coach for this edition of the league.

“I am very happy to be back with the Royals and I am grateful to the team and the fans for their constant support. It was important for us to retain our established values but at the same time develop a new and modern identity. I am already in love with the new look of the team and hope the fans will love it too,” Warne said.

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This season, the franchise has also changed its jersey colour from blue to pink following numerous fan requests.

“Jaipur is known as the pink city, Jodhpur is famous for pink sandstone and Udaipur produces pink marble. Pink, therefore, is best suited as the official colour of Rajasthan Royals, which will also help the fans identify and celebrate their team,” the franchise stated.  

“This is an exciting change for us and comes as a response to the fantastic reaction from the fans to our training kit and Cancer Out jersey last year, as well as of course Jaipur being the Pink city,” Royals’ lead owner Manoj Badale said.