Zaheer joins Mumbai Indians as Director of Cricket Operations

Zaheer Khan was part of the Mumbai Indians in IPL seasons 2009, 2010 and 2014. He has 29 wickets to his name from 30 outings for the men in blue and gold.

(File photo) The experienced Zaheer Khan will be part of the Mumbai Indians think-tank, joining the owners Nita Ambani and Akash Ambani at the IPL auction in Jaipur on Tuesday.   -  K.R.DEEPAK

Mumbai Indians formally inducted one of its own, former left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan as Director of Cricket Operations.

The experienced Zaheer will be part of the Mumbai Indians think-tank, joining the owners Nita Ambani and Akash Ambani at the IPL auctions in Jaipur on Tuesday.

 

One of the pioneers of the knuckle-ball who was known for outsmarting batsmen, Zaheer will bring close to two decades of his cricketing experience in the new managerial role to Mumbai Indians.

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Zaheer was part of the Mumbai Indians in IPL seasons 2009, 2010 and 2014. He has 29 wickets to his name from 30 outings for the men in blue and gold.

Ahead of the IPL auction Mumbai Indians has retained 18 players.

While the likes of all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah form the core of Mumbai Indians, the three-time champion outfit has also continued with Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare and Suryakumar Yadav.

Rohit Sharma will continue to lead Mumbai Indians.

Mumbai Indians squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Evin Lewis, Adam Milne and Jason Behrendorff.