Rajasthan Royals    AFP
Rajasthan Royals AFP

Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Friday appointed former Mumbai opener Zubin Bharucha as their head of cricket for the upcoming season 11 of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The former first-class cricketer will be responsible for all cricketing aspects of the Jaipur franchise. Manoj Badale, co-owner RR said: “I believe Zubin’s immense experience will be instrumental in the identification and development of a new team that will go on to bring honour and success to Rajasthan Royals. With him stepping in as Head of Cricket the squad will greatly benefit from his analytical skills and guidance.”

Zubin Bharucha said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to once again be part of the RR franchise. The philosophy at the Royals has always been about finding the next generation of Indian Stars. We spend a lot of time getting to know our players, but spend infinitely longer hours on what they can become.

“This is the most exciting aspect of the role, taking raw talent and watching it flourish. This exercise often starts at the doorsteps of our statistical & analytical situation room in Chennai and is then translated into cricket language through our coaching staff to bring about the results we seek.” Bharucha has been associated with RR since the inception of the IPL in 2008.