Ricky Ponting named Mumbai Indians head coach

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Mumbai, Dec 10: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was today appointed as Mumbai Indians' head coach for the next season of Indian Premier League (IPL 8).

Ricky Ponting is the most successful captain and is one of the most celebrated cricketers in cricketing history. Ponting was associated with Mumbai Indians as a captain and player in IPL 6. He continues his association in an enlarged role from the upcoming season, the franchise said on Wednesday.

File photo: Ricky Ponting in MI coloours

John Wright, who was the team's coach for season 6 and 7 is now tasked with evaluating and establishing a youth development organisation and will be working closely with the MI management on talent scouting for the team, they added.

Meanwhile, Anil Kumble, who was team's mentor, is elevated to the Owners Group and shall oversee the implementation of the Vision for Reliance Sports that currently has interests across multiple sports including Football, Basketball and Cricket.

Kumble said, "We are delighted to have Ricky back with us and look forward to his contribution based on his experience and expertise. John Wright will continue his association with MI and will look after talent scouting and youth development, which is one of the areas that we would like to build a stronger base in years to come".

OneIndia News

Story first published: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 18:29 [IST]
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