Viv Richards, the former West Indies captain, has joined the Delhi Daredevils as the team's ambassador. He will also have an "advisory role" with the franchise, who are all but out of the running this season, having lost their first six matches.
"I am looking forward to working with the Delhi Daredevils this season," Richards, one of the game's greatest batsman, said after interacting with the team. "I know the team has many players of proven quality and others who have immense talent and hunger to succeed at this level and higher. It will be a great experience for me to be their sounding board and inspire them to deliver quality performances."
Daredevils team mentor TA Sekar said the plan had been to sign on Richards before the season began. "There are a number of youngsters in the squad who can make the most of the opportunity to interact with Sir Viv and evolve as cricketers," Sekar said. "He was keen to be with the team at the start of the season but he had prior commitments and could join us only now."
This will be Richards' first stint with an IPL team.