After spending two seasons in the team as a player, Australia's two-time World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting was today appointed head coach of Mumbai Indians ahead of Indian Premier League 8 in place of John Wright.
A highly successful captain in international cricket, Ponting was one of the most celebrated cricketers during his time. Ponting was associated with Mumbai Indians as a captain and player in IPL 6 and will his association in an enlarged role from the upcoming season.
Wright, who was the team's coach for season 6 and 7 is now tasked with evaluating and establishing a youth development organisation and will be working closely with the MI management on talent scouting for the team. Meanwhile, Anil Kumble has been elevated to the owners group and shall oversee the implementation of the Vision for Reliance Sports that currently has interests across multiple sports including football, basketball and cricket.
Former India captain Kumble said: "We are delighted to have Ricky back with us and look forward to his contribution based on his experience and expertise. John Wright will continue his association with MI and will look after talent scouting and youth development, which is one of the areas that we would like to build a stronger base in years to come."