Former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener will step on Chennai soil as the chief coach of Lyca Kovai Kings in the upcoming edition of the The Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).

Klusener, who represented the Proteas in 49 Tests and 171 ODIs, was the assistant coach of Zimbabwe till last month when a second string Indian unit toured the Africa nation recently.

Klusener will unveil the logo of one of the franchise in the league. His team represents Coimbatore.

Lyca had signed former Tamil Nadu player C Hemanth Kumar and current state cricketer R Prasanna as part of their coaching staff. Former Tamil Nadu off spinner R Venkatesh will be at the helm of cricket operations of the TNPL.

Venkatest has represented Tamil Nadu for 20 matches has 69 wickets to his name.

“Yes, we have finalised Klusener as our coach for this season. We have signed him for a period of three years. All the terms and conditions have been signed him for a period of three years. All the terms and conditions have been agreed upon and the final formalities are being worked out at the moment. We plan to have a big launch in August, and Klusener could come for that.” said Raju Mahalingam, the Chief Operating Officer of Lyca.

As per the reports of the Times of India, he also said, ”Klusener is a cricketer of International repute and has not only been a great player, but has been part of the coaching staff of franchises such as Mumbai Indians. He will definitely bring in a lot of experience in our team. The presence of Hemanth and Prasanna is also very crucial since they know the local events, and their inputs too will be invaluable.”

The Tamil Nadu Premier League is scheduled to begin next week, featuring big names such as Ravichandran Ashwin. The Tamil Nadu Premier League will be broadcast by Star India; they had been the lone bidder for the contract.