Former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been roped in as the mentor by the Mysuru Warriors team for the upcoming Karbonn Karnataka Premier League (KPL), 2016, a KPL media release stated.
The retired wicketkeeper-batsman is the first overseas cricketer to be associated with a KPL team, and owner of Mysuru Warriors Arjuna Ranga is hoping that the Australian will enrich the team with his vast experience at the highest level.
“We are delighted to have Mr. Haddin on board as a mentor for Mysuru Warriors in the upcoming KPL. We are sure that his experience in the international arena will bring a lot of exposure to our players, and will help them reach the next level,” said Ranga, who is also the Managing Director of Cycle Pure Agarbathies.
The Mysuru outfit won the KPL trophy in 2014 but had a poor outing in the following season where they managed to win only a couple of matches and finished a lowly seventh in the eight-team tournament.
Indian youngster Manish Pandey and J Suchith, who plies his trade for Mumbai Indians in IPL, are the star attractions in the Mysuru line-up.
Haddin, who made his ODI debut in 2001, played 126 ODIs and helped the Australian team to win the 2015 50-over World Cup before retiring from the game after that World Cup. He scored 3122 runs in the ODIs. He also represented Australia in 66 Tests before retiring after the 2015 Ashes series in England. He scored 3266 runs in the longest format. He also played for a couple of T20 franchises. Haddin played for Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League 2015-16, while he also represented Islamabad United in the maiden edition of the Pakistan Super League in February 2016.
The upcoming season of KPL will start on September 16, with the first round of matches being held in Mysuru. The home team will lock horns against Mangalore United in their season opener on September 17.