Ricky to lead MI

Calcutta: Mumbai Indians, on Thursday, announced the appointment of Australian Ricky Ponting as the team's new captain, for IPL VI.

Mumbai Indians said in a statement that decision to name Ponting as the captain for the forthcoming season was taken after consultation with their newly-appointed chief mentor Anil Kumble, head coach John Wright and icon player Sachin Tendulkar.

Commenting on the decision, Kumble said, "Ricky has a lot of experience to lead a competitive and a high-profile side like Mumbai Indians in the IPL."

Meanwhile, Ponting has been signed by Surrey for the months of June and July.