The IPL season 10 is about to start and two-time champions Mumbai Indians began their preparatory camp on Saturday under the new head coach, Mahela Jayawardene. The nine-day camp, at the franchise's home venueWankhede Stadium, is to last till April 2. West Indian Nicholas Pooran is the first internationalplayer to join the camp.
Mitchell Johnson, Jos Buttler, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Tim Southee, Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons,from the rest, would join the camp in the coming days. "Other foreign players will join the camp as and whenthey are free of their current engagements," MI sources said.
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya went through the paces along with the latest MI picks in theIPL auction - Karn Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham and Saurabh Tiwary - along with the retained players Jagadeesha Suchith,Vinay Kumar, Nitesh Rana, Deepak Punia and Jitesh Sharma.
Harbhajan Singh, Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya and Kulwant Khejroliya are currently playing in the Deodhar Trophy at Visakhapatnam while Rohit Sharma is nursing a knee injury. Existing team of support staff, including Robin Singh (batting coach), Jonty Rhodes (fielding coach) and Shane Bond (bowling coach), were present on the opening day along with Jayawardene. Mumbai Indians, champions in 2013 and 2015, open theircampaign against Rising Pune Supergiant on April 6 in Pune.