The Mumbai Indians announced on Friday that Mark Boucher, a former South African wicketkeeper-batsman, will take over as their head coach for the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL). Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced earlier this week that Boucher would leave his position as the men’s senior team’s head coach following the 2017 T20 World Cup, which will take place in Australia in October-November.
As a wicketkeeper, batsman, and holder of the record for the most Test dismissals by a wicketkeeper, Mark Boucher has had a long and illustrious career.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Mark Boucher to Mumbai Indians. With his proven expertise on the field and off it as a coach guiding his team to numerous victories, Mark will add immense value to MI and take forward its legacy.”Mr. Akash. M. Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Jio Infocomm, said
“It is an honor and privilege to be appointed as Head Coach of MI. 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. 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.”he expressed
Boucher has previously worked in the IPL, most notably in 2016 when he was the Knight Riders’ wicket keeping coach. However, he has little prior T20 franchise coaching expertise. Both the Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers were his former teams. After that, he became the head coach of the Titans in the domestic South African league before becoming the men’s national team coach of South Africa in 2019 and during his tenure, his team won 11 tests, 12 ODIs, and 23 T20 matches.
Mahela Jayawardene, a former head coach of the Mumbai Indians, was chosen earlier this week to serve as the organisation’s Global Head of Performance. The former Director of Cricket Operations, Zaheer Khan, has also been given a new position. Now serving as MI’s global head of cricket development, the former India bowler. The two make up the core of the team for the team’s “expanding global cricket footprint,” according to a statement made by Mumbai Indians.