IPL 2017 November 18, 2016

Jayawardene appointed Mumbai Indians coach

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Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed head coach of the Mumbai Indians franchise. Jayawardene will replace former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, whose two-year contract in the role will expire soon. Jayawardene's contract is reportedly for more than one year, but the franchise did not reveal the details.

"Mahela Jayawardene's appointment has come in the wake of Ricky Ponting - coach for the previous two years - contract coming to a close," the franchise announced in a media release issued on Friday.

Jayawardene has played for three franchises in the IPL since the tournament's inception in 2008. He began with Kings XI Punjab (2008-2010), before switching to Kochi Tuskers for one season (2011), followed by two seasons with Delhi Daredevils.

After retiring from international cricket in 2015, Jayawardene has featured in T20 leagues around the world, with teams hiring him as a mentor-cum-player. This will be the former Sri Lanka captain's first stint as a coach.

"I am very excited by the appointment and glad that the Mumbai Indians management appreciated my presentation and ideas," Jayawardene said. "In what is a new chapter in my career, I will be striving hard to bring them [Mumbai] more on-field success and joy."

The franchise did not explain why Ponting's contract was not being renewed, and did not reveal whether this decision was taken by the management or Ponting. Having won their second IPL title in 2015, Mumbai failed to make the knockouts, finishing fifth in IPL 2016.

Ponting, who retired from all forms of cricket in 2013, was bought by Mumbai for his base price of $400,000 in the IPL 2013 auction. He was appointed captain for that season but stepped down midway through the tournament due to bad form. Mumbai eventually went on to win their first IPL title that season under Ponting's replacement, Rohit Sharma.

Ponting was appointed in an advisory capacity for the 2014 season and signed a two-year contract as coach the following year.

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  • Udendra on November 20, 2016, 18:08 GMT

    Why is Mahela coaching some foreign domestic franchise, where instead he should be giving that knowledge to his country?

  • Talim Bangladeshi on November 20, 2016, 9:45 GMT

    How many coaches MI need? It seems like they have more coaches than players in their side

  • SamRoy on November 20, 2016, 3:43 GMT

    Jayawardena is an excellent thinker of the game. It will help Mumbai.

  • Salt.Bite on November 20, 2016, 3:01 GMT

    @GR8GAU.- Dont you think fellow "indian" that it is million times better than the PSL where only the afrida,and 40 yr olds play with prices equivalent to tea.

  • Cricinfouser on November 19, 2016, 14:04 GMT

    Hope there will be an IPL this year for him to coach the Mumbai Indians team. :))

  • GR8GAU. on November 19, 2016, 12:46 GMT

    Much ado about nothing. We Indian fans are tired of meaningless IPL where your Rayudus, Patels, Sharmas, Binnys etc. are bought at a humongous price inversely proportional to their talent.

  • Batuwantudawe on November 19, 2016, 11:09 GMT

    rustyryan he is on of the few wit t20 centuries and he has more runs than anyone in your family ever will

  • cricfan12224159 on November 19, 2016, 9:08 GMT

    @RUSTYRYAN.who is the coach of Bangladesh cricket ??? He is a former sri lankan test player chandika hathurusinghe .

  • dues on November 19, 2016, 5:35 GMT

    @RUSTYRYAN.you dont understand cricket 1 % also.see asia cup 2008 He used mendis as secret weapon.and SL won by him.so he reach 2007 Wc final.all Know sanga was heart of Shrilanka and Mahela is Brain.

  • rustyryan on November 19, 2016, 5:16 GMT

    Useless and pretty much a one dimensional player. Put him in front of quality pace bowling, he could be knocked off in a second. But again, not many great players have been great coaches and vice versa. In fact Kapil Dev happened to be the worst coach that India ever had, while the current Bangladesh coach has bought more success to the team even without playing any international cricket. But wouldnt it be better for MI, if they could somehow get Mahela's best friend Kumar to coach ? After all, Kumar is the best batsman from Sri Lanka and also tactically more astute than Mahela as well.

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