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IPL: Boucher new Mumbai Indians coach; Punjab appoint Bayliss

Last updated on: September 16, 2022 14:37 IST
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IMAGE: Former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher said it was an "honour and privilege" to be appointed head coach of five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Mumbai Indians said on Friday that Mark Boucher will become their head coach from IPL 2023, while Punjab Kings have appointed Trevor Bayliss as their new head coach.

Boucher will join Mumbai after stepping down as head coach of South Africa following the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia, which begins next month.

 

Former wicketkeeper Boucher took over at South Africa in 2019 and led them to 11 Test wins, 12 victories in one-day internationals and 23 in T20 matches.

Boucher said it was an "honour and privilege" to be appointed head coach of Mumbai Indians.

"Their history and achievements as a franchise clearly put them up there as one of the most successful sporting franchises in all of world sport," he added.

"I look forward to the challenge and respect the need for results. It's a strong unit with great leadership and players. I look forward to adding value to this dynamic unit."

Boucher's appointment comes after Mahela Jayawardene stepped down as head coach to take on a bigger role at the franchise due to its increasing international presence.

Former India fast bowler Zaheer has been elevated to global head of cricket development from his previous position as director of cricket operations.

Led by India captain Rohit Sharma, Mumbai are one of the most successful teams in the IPL, winning the tournament five times, but they had a disappointing 2022 season where they finished bottom of the table.

Former England head coach Bayliss will join Punjab Kings for the next IPL season after the team did not renew Anil Kumble's contract. Under Kumble, the team failed to make the play-offs for three consecutive seasons.

Bayliss was England coach when they won the 50-overs World Cup in 2019 and also led the Kolkata Knight Riders to IPL titles in 2012 and 2014. Most recently, he was the head coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

"I'm honoured to be given the head coach's role with the Punjab Kings. A foundation franchise with an appetite for success. I look forward to working with a talented squad of players determined to compete for silverware," Bayliss said.

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