Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals on Sunday announced that Paddy Upton has been appointed as their head coach for the upcoming season of the cash-rich league.

Upton served as Rajasthan’s head coach for 2013-2015 seasons and then moved to Delhi Daredevils as part of their support staff for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In IPL 2019, the 50-year-old will once again take charge of the franchise.

“The experience and knowledge that he brings to the table are unparalleled. As a coach, mentor and scientific trainer, Paddy Upton is well versed with the rigours of modern day sport. We are thrilled to have him back in our team and can’t wait to put on our pads and get going in the new season,” Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket, Rajasthan Royals said.

Upton was also the head coach of Pune Warriors XI in the 2012 season. During his tenure with Rajasthan, he had guided the team to the semi-finals of the 2013 IPL edition and the finals of the Champions League T20 in the same year.

“It gives us immense pleasure to announce Paddy joining the team. We welcome him back to the Royals Family. Paddy is someone who is well versed with the culture of Rajasthan Royals and he knows what it takes to achieve success in international sport at the highest level. We cannot wait for the season to begin and are so pleased that the BCCI have confirmed it will be held entirely in India,” said Manoj Badale, Lead Owner of Rajasthan Royals.