NZ great joins MI Emirates coaching staff, former Indian stalwarts set to make coaching debuts as well
Former New Zealand pace legend Shane Bond has been appointed as the head coach for the MI Emirates and will hold the position concurrently with his current role as bowling coach of Mumbai Indians.
Former New Zealand pace legend Shane Bond has been appointed as the head coach for the MI Emirates and will hold the position concurrently with his current role as bowling coach of Mumbai Indians. The coaching team will include current Mumbai Indians talent scouts Parthiv Patel and Vinay Kumar who will debut as coaches — Parthiv Patel as Batting Coach, Vinay Kumar as Bowling coach and former MI all-rounder James Franklin as fielding coach.
In addition, Robin Singh will be the General Manager, Cricket, MI Emirates. The former Indian cricketer has a lot of experience in UAE cricket
Shane Bond joined Mumbai Indians in 2015 and has won four titles with the team. Meanwhile, Robin Singh joined the Mumbai Indians coaching team in 2010 and since then has been part of five IPL and two Champions Trophy campaigns. "Robin Singh joined the coaching team of Mumbai Indians in 2010 and since then has been part of 5 IPL and 2 Champions League campaigns, has also worked closely with Shane Bond. Robin’s stint with UAE cricket will also help as MI Emirates expands MI’s cricket philosophy in the UAE," the official statement read.
During his time with Mumbai Indians since 2015, Shane Bond has won four titles. He has also played in the IPL for two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
Parthiv Patel has represented Mumbai Indians in the past and since 2020, has been a part of the talent scouting team. Vinay Kumar is also a former MI player who joined the scouting team in 2021. Both Parthiv and Vinay were a part of Mumbai Indians’ winning campaigns in 2015 and 2017.
Former MI all-rounder and coach James Franklin has also joined the MI Emirates as fielding coach.
“I welcome Shane, Robin, Parthiv, Vinay and James to their new roles in the MI Emirates. Having been an integral part of MI for various periods of time, the coaching team is exceptionally well-versed in the values that make MI what it is. I’m sure they would be able to build MI Emirates as a team that attracts the love of passionate MI fans,” said Akash Ambani, Chairman of Reliance industries
“It’s a privilege to be appointed the Head Coach of MI Emirates. It’s always exciting to build a new team and I’m looking forward to furthering the MI legacy and inspiring our players to take the game to new heights,” said Shane Bond, MI Emirates' new Head Coach.
The side announced their team ahead of the inaugural edition of UAE's International League T20. The squad will be based out of Abu Dhabi, and includes a mix of current and past MI players, with new stars also joining the squad.