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Shane Bond, the bowling coach at Mumbai Indians in the IPL since 2015 - a job he will continue to do - has been named head coach of MI Emirates, the Mumbai Indians-owned team in UAE's ILT20. The staff also has Parthiv Patel [batting coach] and Vinay Kumar [bowling coach] making their debuts as coaches, and James Franklin will be the fielding coach. Additionally, Robin Singh will be the general manager of cricket.
While the fixtures for the ILT20 are not out yet, the tournament will be played in the same January-February 2023 window as the SA20 league in South Africa. That required the Mumbai Indians group to appoint multiple coaching teams, since they have teams in both the competitions.
With the latest round of appointments, that exercise is complete.
That position opened up after Mahela Jayawardene, the Mumbai Indians head coach since 2017, was elevated to a more global role within the Mumbai Indians group. Jayawardene has been made the group's global head of performance. He will be overseeing the scouting and coaching of all three teams that the owners have - at the IPL, the ILT20, and the SA20. And Zaheer Khan, earlier the director of cricket operations, has been made the global head of cricket development for the three teams.
Simon Katich, meanwhile, has been made the head coach of MI Cape Town, the SA20 team. Katich will be assisted by Hashim Amla as the batting coach, while Robin Peterson will be the team's general manager. James Pamment will take charge as fielding coach [and continue in the same role with Mumbai Indians at the IPL too].
MI Emirates have Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult and Dwayne Bravo, among others, in their roster of non-UAE [overseas] players already.
"Having been an integral part of MI for various periods of time, the coaching team is exceptionally well-versed in the values that make MI what it is," Akash Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm, which owns the three teams, said in a statement.
For his part, Bond said, "It's always exciting to build a new team and I'm looking forward to furthering the MI legacy and inspiring our players to take the game to new heights."
Bond, the former New Zealand quick, has been a part of the coaching set-up of a number of teams in the past. Apart from being the New Zealand bowling coach and part of the team's backroom staff at various stages, he has also been the head coach at Sydney Thunder in the BBL, a position he held between 2018 and 2021. He has also been part of the England team as a bowling consultant in the past.