Mumbai: Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed as the new head coach of the Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians. Jayawardene’s appointment has come in the wake of Ricky Pointing – coach for the previous two years – contract coming to a close.
Jayawardene will take charge of the Mumbai Indians for the upcoming 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League. Commenting on the appointment of new coach, Nita Ambani, Mumbai Indians 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 expects the best – will welcome Mahela to our Mumbai Indians family.”
Jayawardene has been a very successful cricketer for Sri Lanka during his playing days, and was part of the 2014 squad which won the ICC World T20. The former skipper accepts the challenges which are expected to come his way during new role, and terms this assignment as the “start of a new chapter.”
“I am very excited by the appointment and glad that the Mumbai Indians management appreciated my presentation and ideas,” said Mahela Jayawardene adding, “I am looking forward to working with a really talented squad, all 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 is a new chapter in my career, I will be striving hard to bring them more on-field success and joy.”
Jayawardene will soon be traveling to Mumbai to conduct a detail meeting with the club management and to take charge of his new office.