21-Feb-2013 15:52:00 GMT
Indian Premier League 2013
Ponting to Lead Mumbai Indians in IPL 6
Mumbai: Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting will replace Harbhajan Singh as captain of the Mumbai Indians for the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, starting April 3.
Ponting, who retired from international cricket late last year, was bought by Mumbai Indians at a base price of $400,000 during the IPL players' auction held in Chennai earlier this month.
Mumbai Indians said in a statement that decision to name Ponting as the skipper for the forthcoming season was taken after consultation with its newly-appointed chief mentor Anil Kumble, head coach John Wright and icon player Tendulkar.
On his new role in the Mumbai Indians team, Ponting said: "It's a huge honour and I thank Mrs Ambani and the Mumbai Indians management for the faith they have reposed in my abilities.
Mumbai Indians has the potent combination of Indian and international cricketers and I look forward to leading the team to play to its full potential.
Mumbai Indians will start their IPL 2013 campaign on April 4 in Bangalore.