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Mahela Jayawardene named Mumbai Indians' Head Coach

The former Sri Lankan captain will succeed Ricky Ponting

By IPL Desk
Mumbai 18 November 2016
Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed as the new Head Coach of Mumbai Indians and will take charge for the 10th season of the VIVO Indian Premier League. Jayawardene’s appointment has come in the wake of Ricky Pointing’s contract coming to a close. Ponting, who had earlier represented the team, took over coaching responsibilities in the last two season.

The Sri Lankan while accepting the challenge has termed his new assignment as the “start of a new chapter” and is looking forward to bringing the best of his learning to the field. “I am very excited by the appointment and glad that the Mumbai Indians management appreciated my presentation and ideas,” said Jayawardene. “I am looking forward to working with a really talented squad, 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 will be a new chapter in my career, I will be striving hard to bring them more on-field success and joy.”

Commenting on the Sri Lankan’s appointment, Mrs Nita Ambani said, “Jayawardene is an astute figure in the modern era of cricket. He is a perfect role-model for the young Mumbai Indians squad. I am sure our global fans, who have always believed in the team and expect the best will welcome Mahela to our Mumbai Indians family.”

Jayawardene has rich experience in limited overs cricket having being part of the winning World T20 2014 Sri Lankan squad and leading the country to the finals of 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. He will soon be traveling to Mumbai to conduct a detail meeting with the club management and to take charge of his new office.
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