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Shane Warne believes Usman Khawaja has been great asset for Australia. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Shane Warne, the mentor of Rajasthan Royals, will be joining the team’s camp by the end of March, a report in Sportstar suggests.

Warne was recently appointed as the mentor of the side for the upcoming season. The franchise is making a comeback to the T20 league after a period of two years.

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It decided to retain it’s core, by retaining Steven Smith and using Right to Match (RTM) card on Ajinkya Rahane. By bringing back Warne too, they brought back another key member of the previous side.

Warne led the team to title victory in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2008. He played as captain cum mentor before retiring from the league in 2011.

He ended his tourney with 58 wickets in 56 IPL games.

IPL 2018: Shane Warne To Join Rajasthan Royals By End Of March

Warne, who played his last international game in 2007, will spearhead the backroom staff of Rajasthan Royals. The franchise had recently appointed Zubin Bharucha as their Cricketing Operations Head.

It (franchise) is yet to decide on their bowling and fielding coach, an announcement regarding which may be made soon.

Though, the franchise has already inked on captain Steven Smith to lead the team.

In the last season of IPL, Smith led Rising Pune Supergiant franchise to the final of the tournament before they lost the last ball thriller to Mumbai Indians by just 1 run.

Rajasthan Royals will look forward to the captaincy credentials of Smith, who is also the captain of Australia.

Though his lack of appearances in T20I games in recent time may be something which might affect him to assimilate to this format.

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Meanwhile, Ben Stokes, the Rajasthan Royals all-rounder, will miss the major portion of the pre-season camp.

He will only join the team after the completion of Test series against New Zealand, which ends on April 3.

He will have an early exit from the tournament as well as England are set to host Pakistan in two-match Test series, starting on May 24.

Stokes, who is a member of the side in all formats, will at least miss the last two weeks of the league.

In short, Rajasthan Royals are set to miss their costliest player in the later part of the league and also playoffs, if they make it to that stage.

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