Brad Hodge has played in IPL for Rajasthan Royals © IANS
Brad Hodge has played in IPL for Rajasthan Royals © IANS

Former Australian cricketer Brad Hodge, who has played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Rajasthan Royals, is all set to be appointed as the coach of the new team based in Rajkot. The Supreme Court’s ban on the two IPL teams — Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings — forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get in new two teams. Rajkot’s bid was won by the Intex Technologies Ltd. and the bid for the Pune franchise was bagged by New Rising. The Pune franchise has been named the Rising Pune Super Giants (RPSG) while the team name and jersey for the Rajkot will be revealed at an event in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Earlier it was reported that former India coach and South African left-hand batsman Gary Kirsten, who recently parted ways with Delhi Daredevils, is likely return to Indian Premier League as the coach for team Rajkot, owned by Intex. Rajkot, who has an ownership for two years, are keen to rope in the South African player who has had experience of working with Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja during his stint with the Indian team. Rajkot is keen to hire a coach who has experience of coaching at the highest level. As reported on indianexpress.com, a source says that the players who were picked at the time of the draft were informed that Kirsten would be the coach for the team. ALSO READ: Gary Kirsten sacked as Delhi Daredevils’ head coach

After coaching India until World Cup 2011, Kirsten returned to the South African set-up to be closer to his family. Under Kirsten’s guidance, South Africa gained the No. 1 spot in Test rankings. They also won Test matches against England, Australia and New Zealand under Kirsten’s coaching. The five players picked for team Rajkot during the draft were Raina, Jadeja, Brendon McCullum, James Faulkner and Dwayne Bravo. ALSO READ: Brendon McCullum looks forward to play with CSK core in Rajkot Team