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Kumble joins MI as chief mentor

Calcutta/Mumbai: Former India captain Anil Kumble has switched camps in the Indian Premier League (IPL). From the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kumble has now moved to the Mumbai Indians as the chief mentor.

The 42-year old, who holds the record of being the highest wicket-taker for India in Tests, said: “In my discussion with Reliance Group Management, I find that they have a great and compelling vision for sports in this country, which aligns with my venture Tenvic Sports' aspirations in making sports as the main catalyst of youth development.”

”Mumbai Indians is a very competitive team in the IPL with high-profile players and committed owners. It’s my honour to join the Mumbai Indians as chief mentor and to align our joint interest in making sports as an important agenda in youth development. I look forward to the new assignment,” Kumble added.

The Royal Challengers, on their part, issued a statement announcing the development. “Royal Challengers Bangalore and its chief mentor Anil Kumble have agreed to a separation with immediate effect. The parties have taken this consensual decision after considering various aspects. The parties have reaffirmed their mutual goodwill and have expressed satisfaction over the process of separation,” the statement said.

On his association with the Bangalore franchise, Kumble said: “I have had an enjoyable association with the RCB, as a player, a captain and a mentor. During this period, we have achieved most of our objectives and RCB has emerged as one of the leading franchises in the IPL. I leave with happy memories. I am thankful to Dr. Vijay Mallya for offering me the role of the chief mentor, a position that allowed me to observe the challenges of being a franchise owner from close quarters.”

“I recollect with fondness my interaction with the team members, administrative and coaching staff of the RCB. Finally, my wholehearted gratitude to the fans of RCB whose infectious passion and energy was a significant component of whatever success we had as a team. It is only a calling for a greater challenge and potential for national impact that justified my separation from the RCB fans,” Kumble said.

Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani said: “In Anil Kumble, we have a new chief mentor who has extensive cricketing knowledge not only as a player of international stature, but also as an able administrator. He is one of India’s leading sporting icons and we have great pleasure in having him on board.”