Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed as the head coach of the Mumbai Indians for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
Jayawardene will replace former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, whose two-year contract in the role will expire soon.
“Mahela Jayawardene’s appointment has come in the wake of Ricky Ponting – coach for the previous two years – contract coming to a close,” the franchise announced in a media release issued on Friday.
The franchise did not explain why Ponting’s contract was not being renewed, and did not reveal whether this decision was taken by the management or Ponting. Having won their second IPL title in 2015, Mumbai failed to make the knockouts, finishing fifth in IPL 2016.
The newly appointed head coach, Jayawardene has earlier played for three franchises in the IPL since the tournament’s inception in 2008. He began with Kings XI Punjab (2008-2010), before switching to Kochi Tuskers for one season (2011), followed by two seasons with Delhi Daredevils (2012-2014).