Bangalore, Jan 21: Former India captain Anil Kumble has quit Bangalore's Indian Premier League (IPL) team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and joined Mumbai Indians (MI) as chief mentor, the Mumbai team announced on Monday night.
"Let's welcome Anil Kumble into the MI family. He has joined us as Chief Mentor," wrote Mumbai Indians on their official twitter page (@mipaltan).
Commenting on his decision to leave Bangalore franchise, Kumble 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," he added.
Kumble thanked RCB owner Vijay Mallya and said he will leave with happy memories.
"I have had an enjoyable association with RCB, as player, captain and 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 Chief Mentor, a position that allowed me to observe the challenges of being a franchise owner from close quarters and develop a nuanced perspective of the commercial elements of sport."
Calling Kumble as "one of India's leading sporting icons", 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."
Kumble was with RCB for five years since IPL started in 2008. Kumble had previously captained RCB and later been with the team as chief mentor. Kumble, who is also the President of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), will be with Mumbai from this year's IPL 6.
RCB, in a statement, said: "Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) 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."