Ponting is one of Australia’s most celebrated cricketers – second only to the legendary Sir Don Bradman in the country’s run-scoring charts – and led them to two World Cup triumphs in 2003 and 2007, having won previously under Steve Waugh.
He is one of the most successful international captains of all time with 48 victories in 77 Tests but is also the only Australia captain to have led his side to three separate Ashes series defeats, two in England and one at home.
Ponting played for Mumbai Indians and captained them in 2013, having played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL in 2008.??
Mumbai announced Ponting’s appointment on Wednesday, ahead of the IPL season 8, which is scheduled to start in April next year.
The club said John Wright, who was Mumbai’s coach for the season Ponting played for them, as well as this year, is now tasked with evaluating and establishing a youth development organisation. He will also work as a talent scout for the team.
Meanwhile, former India spin bowler Anil Kumble was elevated to Mumbai’s Owners Group to oversee the implementation of its Vision for Reliance Sports that currently has interests across multiple sports including football, basketball and cricket.
Kumble said: “We are delighted to have Ricky back with us and look forward to his contribution based on his experience and expertise.
“John Wright will continue his association with MI and will look after talent scouting and youth development, which is one of the areas that we would like to build a stronger base in years to come.”