Reports: Harbhajan Singh likely to join backroom staff of high-profile IPL franchise ahead 2022 edition

Reports: Harbhajan Singh likely to join backroom staff of high-profile IPL franchise ahead 2022 edition

It is understood that the 41-year-old is mulling his retirement from all forms of professional cricket.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh. (Photo by Sattish Bate/ Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is likely to join the backroom of a high-profile Indian Premier franchise ahead of the next edition of the tournament in 2022.

The 41-year-old spinner was with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2021, but did not feature even once in the entire season, and is understood to be considering his retirement from all the forms of competitive cricket.

Having been a part of the league ever since its inception in 2008, Harbhajan has 150 wickets at an average of 26.86 from 163 games. Meanwhile, even though the role in which he will join the IPL franchise is not certain as yet, a source privy to the development has confirmed that he will help the team in the auction picks. The next edition of the league is set to have 10 teams, with a mega auction preceding the tournament.

“The role could be that of a consultant, mentor or part of the advisory group but the franchise with which he is talking are keen to use his vast experience. He will take an active part in also helping the franchise decide on their auction picks,” the unnamed source was quoted by News18.com.

A veteran of 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20Is, Harbhajan has always been inclined towards guiding young talents. He was previously a part of the two most successful IPL franchises – Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, while during his time with the KKR, he imparted significant knowledge to mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who went on to be selected in India’s 2021 T20 World Cup squad.

Madhya Pradesh all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer, who recently made his international debut during the home series against New Zealand, had previously revealed that Harbhajan had touted him as a big player while he was with him in the KKR dressing room.

“Look, Harbhajan wanted to make a formal announcement of his retirement after the season is over. He has had extended talks with one of the franchises which has shown keen interest but he would like to talk about it only when the deal is formally inked,” the source said.