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Shane Warne to captain and coach Jaipur franchise

AP , PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Australian spin bowling great Shane Warne has long believed cricket teams don't need coaches, so he's becoming one.

Warne has taken on the role of captain-coach for the Jaipur franchise in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), having long derided the increasing influence of coaches at international level.

"Part of the reason of being captain-coach is that we won't need one," Warne said in Perth yesterday. "One of my strengths as a player is that I can get the best out of people. Speaking with the people at Jaipur they want me to do both the roles, so I suppose I just tick both boxes. Most sides have a captain, they have a coach, they have everything -- but to me the captain runs the show on the field."

Warne will take his place among an illustrious group of coaches who will take charge of IPL sides.

Former Australia coach John Buchanan will lead one franchise while former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody will guide another.

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