In an official statement, Mumbai Indians have announced that Mahela Jayawardene will step down as the Head Coach of the franchise. The Sri Lankan had won three trophies with the franchise. On that note, here, we take a look at the reason why Mahela Jayawardene will step down as Mumbai Indians coach.
Mahela Jayawardene will step down as Mumbai Indians coach
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The Sri Lankan has been promoted to the role of ‘Global Head of Performance, MI’. As part of this role, Mahela will look after the coaching and scouting of all three franchises owned by the group. The three franchises are Mumbai Indians, MI Cape Town and MI Emirates. Zaheer Khan will now be the Global Head of Cricket Development, MI, moving on from the role of the director of Cricket Operations.
In the past two seasons, Mumbai Indians did not reach the playoffs of IPL. The mega-auction happened on a decent note but could not produce instant success. Nevertheless, Mahela has been promoted and he will be involved in deciding on his replacement. On the other hand, Mark Boucher is reportedly in line to become the Head Coach of MI Cape Town in the SA20 League.
Mumbai Indians will now scout for replacement options for IPL 2023
It will be an intense race for Head Coaches in IPL 2023. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders have already named their new coaches for the next season. Punjab Kings are also in the race after parting with Anil Kumble. Now, Mumbai Indians also join this race.
Usually, Mumbai Indians go for established names in the industry. However, most of them are already associated with other franchises. Nevertheless, there are some top names such as Justin Langer who are still available on the market. It is likely that MI would make a statement signing in this regard.