Indian Premier League 2009

Pollock likely for back-room role with Mumbai Indians

Cricinfo staff

January 30, 2009

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Shaun Pollock could take over as the bowling coach for Mumbai Indians © AFP
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Shaun Pollock is likely to return to the IPL either as a mentor, a bowling coach or a combination of the two roles for the Mumbai Indians. Pollock confirmed that negotiations were on with the franchise: "It looks positive," he told Cricinfo.

Pollock performed superbly in the first edition of the tournament, playing a major role in keeping Mumbai's hopes alive almost till the final league game. However, he has already confirmed that he will not return as a player: "I have reached a stage where I think I have played enough cricket," Pollock had told Cricinfo then. However, he also said he enjoyed the experience enough to want to return in some other capacity.

Pollock had captained Mumbai during the first half of the tournament last year after injury had forced Sachin Tendulkar to sit out and Harbhajan Singh, the first choice stand-in captain, was banned after an altercation with Sreesanth. Pollock led the team well, and didn't allow the added responsibility to affect his performances with bat and ball: he scored 147 runs in eight innings at a strike-rate of 132.43 and picked 11 wickets in 13 matches at an economy-rate of 6.54.

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