Shane Warne has been appointed the mentor of Rajasthan Royals ahead of the 11th edition of Indian Premier League, the franchise confirmed on Tuesday (February 13). The legendary legspinner captained Royals from 2008 to 2011 and led them to the title win in the inaugural edition.

"I am very happy and excited to be back with the Rajasthan Royals who I believe hold a very special place in my cricketing journey," Warne said about the appointment. "I am overwhelmed by the love and affection showered on me by the franchise and fans of Rajasthan Royals," said the man with a golden arm.

"We have a strong, young and energetic bunch of boys and I am looking forward to work with them."

Royals also brought former Mumbai batsman Zubin Barucha back into their fold. Barucha, who was part of the the Royals think-tank during 2008, has been appointed the franchise's head of cricket.

Bharucha stressed they'll be looking to groom some young talent with Warne. "We have always looked to groom talent at Rajasthan Royals and it will be no different this time," he pointed out.

Royals will be back for the 11th edition after serving a two-year ban following the spot-fixing fiasco in 2013. In 2015, the franchise was banned after the Lodha Panel inquiry.