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Despite going unsold in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, Sri Lanka seamer Lasith Malinga will still be involved in the tournament as he has been appointed as the Mumbai Indians’ bowling mentor.
Malinga, who has represented the Indians for the last decade, recently admitted that with his cricketing career coming to an end, he wanted to move into mentoring.
Having a wealth of experience, Malinga will work alongside his former teammate Mahela Jayawardene, who is the Indians’ head coach. The remainder of the franchise’s coaching staff consists of bowling coach Shane Bond, batting coach Robin Singh and fielding coach James Pemment.
“It’s a great opportunity to be presented with, and an honour to continue my association with Mumbai Indians,” he said in a statement released by the IPL team. “Mumbai has been my home away from home for the last decade. As a player, I have enjoyed the journey with Mumbai Indians and now as mentor, I look forward to the new chapter.
Akash Ambani, who owns the franchise, added: “Mumbai Indians has proven record of scouting and bringing forth the young talents at National stage. It will be a boon for these youngsters as well the established ones to have the combine force of Shane Bond and Lasith Malinga to back them.
“Malinga has been a pillar of strength for Mumbai Indians since the inception of the team, and his passion for the team will help us achieve new heights.”