IPL news January 27, 2013

Mumbai Indians appoint John Wright as head coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former New Zealand batsman John Wright has been appointed Mumbai Indians' head coach ahead of the sixth season of the Indian Premier League, while Robin Singh will continue to provide his services to the team.

The news came days after Anil Kumble was named the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians, and a week before the IPL auction, scheduled for February 3 in Chennai.

Nita Ambani, the owner of the Mumbai Indians franchise, said she was pleased to have a coach like Wright associated with the team. "It's a great pleasure to have John on board with Mumbai Indians. John is immensely respected and I am sure his cricketing knowledge and experience will be of enormous help."

Wright was the coach of the New Zealand team from 2010 to 2012. Under him, the team reached the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup but a year later, he decided not to renew his contract with the team, citing differences with New Zealand's director of cricket, John Buchanan.

Prior to that, he was the coach of the Indian team from 2000 to 2005. During this tenure, India won a Test series against Australia at home in 2001, drew a Test series in Australia in 2003-04, reached the 2003 World Cup final, and won a Test and ODI series in Pakistan in 2004.

Wright played 82 Tests and 149 ODIs for New Zealand before he retired in 1993.

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  • Snaga on January 29, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Mumbai has a very good squad.What they lack is a steady middle order batsman like Duminy.I suggest to try dinesh karthick as an opener along with sachin tendulkar so that they can have the newly bought middle order batsman,kieron pollard,mitchell johnson and lasith malinga as the 4-foreign players.I purely support for MI.

  • Sriram on January 28, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Why does good things happen rightway when Kumble takes some key role? He is the ideal person for BCCI president, but we dont live in an ideal world anyways. Is Wrights appointment just b4 Duncan's end suggests something? I dont think Wright will come back given his family etc..but would be nice to have him again.

  • Dummy4 on January 28, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    I dont think MI need good coach or mentor, they have one man, Sachin; he is enough... He is genious; he can make anythng...

  • Prabhu on January 28, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @Ghilli_da dont say most of the TN support MI, 99% of TN support CSK only, this is not country, this is purly entertainment n Purely Pride for the state/ Region. Mumbai dont have Best Bowler - Pollock now so that Anil Kumble came in, if you are MI fan you should know this! If they have right team, they could have stopped CSK, I mean 99% TN fan's CSK reaching @least semi-finals. just go thru the stats and get back to me here. CSK ku periya whistle Adinga.

  • Ramesh on January 28, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @SK5983 - If MI can buy back S.Tiwari, RCB fans will be thrilled !!!!

  • Sachin on January 28, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Please Bring Back Rahane, Nayar, Duminy and S.Tiwary to the team in place of Suman, Bhajji, RP Singh, Kartik and another youngsters.

  • Ankit on January 28, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    IPL or whatever, I just want John Wright to be somewhere near young players of India & in India. He's a genuine champion, a true role model & one whom players can look upto. The day another John "crappy Buchannan" joined new Zealand cricket there doomsday started & because of him Wright resigned. Lets get him to India.

  • Ramesh on January 28, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Mumbai...there is just one missing piece...Buy Saurabh Tiwari..please!!!

  • srinivasan on January 28, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    They never ever gonna win the IPL. Bring it on guys, they will lose in Play off. There is no balance in the team. Oh it still fresh in my mind, when we beat this team in their good town...

  • $$ milind on January 28, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Surely Mumbai has the best coaching staff in the league now but I do not think that coaches or mentors win u the matches

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