Ponting to coach Mumbai Indians

Ponting held an advisory role during his time with Mumbai in this year's edition of the IPL

Ponting assisted Mumbai in an advisory role during this year’s IPL

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Legendary Australia captain Ricky Ponting will replace John Wright as head coach of the Mumbai Indians.

Wright will now be in charge of talent scouting and creating a youth development organisation, which will be run by the franchise.

Ponting, who retired from international cricket in 2012, was bought by Mumbai for $400,000 in 2013.

Despite being promoted to captain immediately, Ponting decided to hand the reins to Rohit Sharma after only managing to score 52 runs in six matches.

Under Sharma’s leadership, Mumbai turned their season around and even went on to win their maiden IPL title that year.

Mumbai have also announced that former India leg-spinner 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”.

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