Published on: Sep 20, 2022
The Mumbai Indians Emirates has named Shane Bond as the head coach for the inaugural edition of the International League T20 (ILT20) in UAE and this is an additional responsibility for hims apart from being the bowling coach for the Mumbai Indians.
James Bond is with the Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians since 2015. He has helped the team to win the tournament four times. He has a strong working style and helped the bowlers to perform at their full potential.
Parthiv Patel has been announced as the talent scout of the team and will play the role of a batting coach. Vinay Kumar will be the bowling coach for the Mumbai Indians Emirates team. James Franklin will act as the fielding coach. He is former MI player and an all-rounder too. Robin Singh will be joining the team as the General Manager. He is the former Indian all-rounder and simultaneously the UAE’s director of cricket.
It is believed the involvement of Robin Singh in the UAE cricket may benefit the MI Emirates team in the brand expansion in the region.
The MI Emirates will be based in the Abu Dhabi and is learned to be equipped with a mix of present and former MI players along with some new emerging players. Reliance Jio Infocomm Chairman Akash M. Ambani stated he is welcoming Parthiv, Robin, Shane, James and Vinay to their roles in the team as they have been an integral part of MI in the past.
Bond said it is a privilege for him that MI Emirates has appointed him as the head coach of the team and it is always exciting to compile a new team. He looks forward the new team will be able to keep the legacy of MI and take the game to a new height.
The ILT20 is a new 20-over cricket tournament and to be played in the United Arab Emirates. It will feature six teams and these are Abu Dhabi Knight Riders owned by the Knight Riders Group, Desert Vipers owned by the Lancer Capital LLC, Dubai Capitals owned by the GMR Group, Gulf Giants owned by the Adani Sportsline, MI Emirates owned by the Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited and Sharjah Warriors owned by the Capri Global Capital Limited.
The inaugural edition was initially scheduled for January and February 2022. It has been rescheduled and to be held from January 2023.
Compared to the IPL, some basic rules have been changed in the ILT20. Nine of 11 players can be overseas players in a team while in most other major T20 leagues the upper cap for foreign players is four or five. Two players should be from the UAE and one from an Associate Member nation.
The league has attracted some controversies including the upper cap of overseas players and keeping the requirement of local player to just one in the playing eleven squad.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises’ Essel Group has meanwhile owns the media rights of the league and it has secured the rights for ten years for $120 million.