New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi is set to return to his former franchise Rajasthan but in a new role. The Indian origin player will rejoin Rajasthan as spin consultant and operations executive.
Sodhi was released by the franchise earlier this year following a two-year stint with the Indian T20 League team.
The 27-year old played eight matches for the Rajasthan franchise and took nine wickets at an economy rate of 6.69.
Head of Rajasthan franchise, Zubin Bharucha, confirmed his appointment as the spin consultant and said that the franchise is very happy to welcome Ish back to Rajasthan family.
"We are very happy to welcome back Ish to the Royals family in his new role. The induction of Ish in this dual role demonstrates the Royals' commitment to recognise and reward young talent to develop into masters in their field of work. I congratulate Ish on his new stint and wish every cricket fan across the globe gets behind the team when Rajasthan Royals kicks off its new season this summer", Bharucha said.
Ish Sodhi too expressed his excitement and said he did not think twice when Rajasthan offered him the consultant position.
"Having played for two seasons for the Royals, I have formed a great level of understanding with all the people involved with the franchise, and they have always been very supportive of me. Therefore, I did not have to think twice when this opportunity was offered to me by the Royals' management", Sodhi said.
"It is a fascinating opportunity for me, to be involved in the coaching staff at such a young age, while also supporting and learning about the operations of the business", he further added.
Sodhi will work alongside bowling coach Sairaj Bahutule and Chief Operating Officer Jake Lush McCrum in the upcoming Indian T20 league 2020.