After experimenting as captain of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Gautam Gambhir is set to take up a new role in yet another T20 league — Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). Gambhir is looking to mentor a team in the coming season. Gambhir is already in talks with a few franchises and is awaiting the final decision. However, Gambhir has made it clear that he will not be playing in the tournament. For mentoring, Gambhir has submitted separate presentations to the franchises he is talks with. Gambhir will also mentor teams with certain terms and conditions in place. He does not want to mentor a side for the sake of marketing sake; instead, he wants a more in-depth role. Muttiah Muralitharan to mentor TNPL team
In an interview with The Times of India Gambhir enlightened on why he is not participating in TNPL and wants to mentor instead: “Yes, I am in talks with a few franchises for a mentoring role. This tournament is for up and coming Indian youngsters. It is a platform for the local talent. I don’t want to block a young talent by playing in TNPL.” Former cricketers have been coaching teams since the previous edition. Lance Klusener is already the coach of Kovai Kings. Robin Singh is part of Karaikudi Kaalai while Brett Lee and Michael Bevan were part of Kanchi Warriors and Madurai Super Giants respectively.
A source aware of Gambhir’s developments on mentoring TNPL franchise added: “Mentoring in TNPL doesn’t mean that he is compromising on his playing career. But it will be a new experience for Gambhir and he is taking it as there are hardly any cricket engagements for him around that time. He will continue to play domestic cricket for Delhi, IPL and hopefully make a comeback into the Indian team.”
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