Veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh is expected to announce his retirement from all forms of cricket next week. Harbhajan last played for Team India in October 2015 and has been practicing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) ever since. He has yet to announce his retirement from international cricket although he has not been a part of the national team for more than six years now.
However, according to a report in PTI, Harbhajan has now decided to hang up and is expected to be seen in a whole new role in the IPL starting next season. Harbhajan has a few IPL franchise offerings to join their support team as a mentor, consultant, or advisory group member. He is expected to announce his retirement next week.
Harbhajan had played for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the last IPL season this year, where he played a few games in the first leg of the edition in India. However, he failed to play the XI in the tournament’s second leg in the UAE. The 41-year-old has decided to quit cricket and become a coach.
“The role could be that of a consultant, mentor, or advisory group member, but the franchise he is interviewing wants to use his vast experience. He will also be actively involved in helping the franchise decide to its auction choices. ”an IPL source familiar with the development was quoted by PTI.
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Harbhajan was hired by KKR for Rs 2 crore (INR 20million) at the auction ahead of the 2021 season. He has served as a mentor in the franchise and worked with Varun Chakravarthy and Venkatesh Iyer, among others. . The veteran spinner was with the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians before his stint with KKR and has remained keen to mentor the youngsters during his stints with both teams.
Harbhajan is said to be in negotiations with one of the franchises who have offered him to join their support team and will make an official announcement once the deal is done. The veteran spinner has performed 103 tests, 236 ODI and 28 T20I during his international career, winning 417, 269 and 25 wickets respectively in all three formats.
He was also one of the main wicket takers in the IPL with 150 wickets to his name in 163 games in the T20 league.
(With contributions from the Agencies)