MI Emirates announces its coaching team, Shane Bond named head coach
Mumbai, September 17, 2022
Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has been appointed as the head coach for MI Emirates, in addition to his current role as bowling coach of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians.
The coaching team includes current Mumbai Indians talent scouts, Parthiv Patel and Vinay Kumar, who will debut as coaches. Patel will be batting coach, Vinay Kumar bowling coach and former MI all-rounder James Franklin will be the fielding coach.
In addition, Robin Singh, with his vast experience in UAE cricket, will be General Manager, Cricket, MI Emirates.
Bond joined Mumbai Indians in 2015 and has since won four titles and in the process built a formidable working style, helping bowlers realize their potential at the global stage.
Robin Singh joined the coaching team of Mumbai Indians in 2010 and since then has been part of five IPL and two Champions League campaigns, having also worked closely with Bond.
"Robin’s stint with UAE cricket will also help as MI Emirates expands MI’s cricket philosophy in the UAE," a press release from MI said.
Patel has represented Mumbai Indians in the past and since 2020 been a part of the talent scouting team, and Vinay Kumar, who is also a former MI player joined the scouting team in 2021. Both of them were part of Mumbai Indians’ winning campaigns in 2015 and 2017.
Former MI all-rounder and coach James Franklin has also joined MI Emirates as fielding coach. "With a firm grounding in MI, this team will be in a fine position to infuse MI Emirates with all that MI resonates with," the release said.
Akash M. Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, said, “I welcome Shane, Robin, Parthiv, Vinay and James to their new roles in 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.”
Bond said, “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.”
MI Emirates announced its 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.