Sean Morris, CEO of Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday said that preparatory camp of the Shane Warne-led side will commence from March 5.
“We will hold the camp here only. All the preparations are on and all the players including Shane Warne are also eager to come here. This place has been great for us and it would be a good idea to hold a camp here,” Morris said.
Morris also claimed that captain Warne was not much worried about the security situation in the country and was eager to travel India for the third edition of the cash-awash Twenty20 tournament.
“I had met Shane Warne in London last week and he was keen to come for the IPL 3,” Morris said.
He, however, was quick to add: “As far as the other Australian players are concerned I am not sure about the situation. But they had been here in India even after the 26/11 blast in Mumbai.”
On the last year’s IPL in South Africa, he said, “We were not up to the expectations in last edition of the IPL but we have looked upon the grey areas. We need to have a senior and experienced batsman up the order.”
“Shane Warne was instrumental in our success in the first edition and he is still is very eager to come here. In fact he rates IPL success as one of the high points of his illustrious career. He will after the finer points again. We would give our best and wish to deliver all the value attached to us by our sponsors this time,” he added.
Meanwhile, the team’s co-owner actor Shilpa Shetty was very much confident that Ravindra Jadeja, who has been handed a one-year ban by IPL governing council for breaching players guidelines, will get the nod to play this year.
“Jadeja was banned by the IPL because he allegedly had tried to strike a deal with other franchise but we are hopeful that he will get the nod. The matter is still being heard by the BCCI. We would be hit if his ban stands as such because every player in the team is important,” she said.
The ban was imposed last week on the upcoming Saurashtra player, who did not sign the renewal contract with inaugural edition champions and was trying to negotiate a lucrative contract with other IPL franchises.
“I am thrilled that IPL is back in India and Rajasthan Royals are eager to welcome our fans back. Though the IPL-II in south Africa was a great success but the tournament belongs to India and it is cruel to take it somewhere else,” she said.
The actor also showed complete faith in the country’s security agencies and said,” I have full faith on security agencies and believe they would do their best for ensuring full proof security. We would abide by the directions from the government.”
The team will now have a different get up as the players will don a newly designed jersey.