IPL 2023: Mark Boucher in the reckoning for IPL’s most successful team’s head coach position
IPL 2023: South Africa coach Mark Boucher is the favourite to succeed Mahela Jayawardene as the head coach of IPL side Mumbai Indians.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Mark Boucher is the front-runner after resigning from his position as South Africa’s coach after only holding the position during the T20 World Cup. Hashim Amla will help Simon Katich in his role as the team’s batting coach, and Robin Peterson will take on the role of general manager, the Mumbai Indians organisation announced in a media statement on Thursday. James Pamment, the fielding coach, will stay in his role.
MI Cape Town is owned by Reliance Industries Limited, the same company that also controls MI Emirates in the UAE’s ILT20 competition and the dominant Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The first SA20 club to reveal its five direct signings in August were Rashid Khan, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Kagiso Rabada, and Dewald Brevis, who also plays for the squad in the Indian Premier League. Before the sale, MI Cape Town was the first SA20 team to do so. The SA20 player auction in Cape Town will take place on September 19.
The club has made changes to the way that coaching currently organised. And as a result, more support workers were hired. Mahela Jayawardene, who has been the head coach of the Mumbai Indians since 2017, has replaced by Zaheer Khan, who formerly held the job of director of cricket operations until last season. They both will participate in one of the three teams that the group has.
Supervising the coaching staffs at each of the three teams is one of Jayawardene’s duties. To that purpose, he worked with the Mumbai Indians’ ownership group to choose the coaching staffs for each of the three clubs; the specifics expected to made public this week.
There has been much discussion about who will take over as coach of the IPL squad. Since Jayawardene started in his new role, and Boucher might be the best choice.
On Monday, Boucher abruptly announced his resignation as head coach of South Africa. Effective following South Africa’s participation in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. South Africa had just suffered a 2-1 loss in a Test series played in England. Boucher wants to “pursue other interests and opportunities,” CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki said at the time.
Despite having little prior coaching experience in the T20 franchise circuit. Boucher worked as the wicketkeeping coach for the Knight Riders during the 2016 IPL. 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.