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Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019

Mumbai Indians replace head coach Ricky Ponting with Mahela Jayawardene for IPL

Mumbai Indians, two-time IPL champions, have not extended Ricky Ponting’s two-year contract. Mahela Jayawardene will become new head coach.

cricket Updated: Nov 19, 2016 11:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Mahela Jayawardene will replace Ricky Ponting as head coach of Mumbai Indians.
Mahela Jayawardene will replace Ricky Ponting as head coach of Mumbai Indians.(Vijayanand Gupta/ HT Photo)

Mahela Jayawardene, who has played the role of a batting consultant for England last year, will turn full-time coach when he takes charge of former Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians from the upcoming season.

Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene will replace Ricky Ponting as head coach of Mumbai Indians. Ponting’s two-year was not extended by the MI management.

Mahela Jayawardene is an IPL veteran, having played for Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab. The 39-year-old T20 international match against India in Dhaka in April 2014.

The right-handed batsman remains an active cricketer. Last week, he turned out for Dhaka Dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League, scoring 11. Jayawardene scored an unbeaten century (117) for Somerset in Royal London One-Day Cup match against Worcestershire on August 17.

Rich experience

Jayawardene has rich experience in limited overs cricket. He was part of the winning World T20 2014 Sri Lankan squad and led the country to the finals of 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup.

“I am very excited by the appointment and glad that the Mumbai Indians management appreciated my presentation and ideas,” said Mahela Jayawardene adding, “I am looking forward to working with a really talented squad, all the support staff, and the owners to help strengthen the two-time IPL champions.

“Mumbai Indians have the most passionate fan base in the IPL and I have always been wowed by the amazing support the team gets at Wankhede Stadium. In what is a new chapter in my career, I will be striving hard to bring them more on-field success and joy.”