Ricky Ponting still harbours the plan to his coaching career
The former Australian wants to assist the Australian national team in all possible ways
Updated - May 12, 2018 1:10 pm
Ricky Ponting is one of the greatest cricketers that Australia has ever produced. He was a part of the Golden period in Australian cricket where the team won trophies after trophies and became invincibles. Ponting leads the Aussies in tremendous fashion and his aggressive brand of cricket helped the Australian team to remain on top of rankings for a long period of time.
Popularly known as ‘Punter’, Ponting’s playing days ended in 2013 after a record-breaking career and since then he has turned into a commentator and a coach. He has enjoyed stints at the Indian Premier League and was also an assistant coach for Australia in the T20 series that concluded in February.
The former Australian cricketer has signed a new commentary deal with Channel 7. Channel 7 along with Fox Sports will broadcast Test matches in Australia and the KFC Big Bash League for the next six summers. Ponting added that this new deal will not affect his coaching ambitions as he still plans to have a longer stint as a coach. He loves the role of a coach and this puts him closer to the game.
Loves to be around the team environment
Ponting’s name came up as a potential candidate to replace Darren Lehmann after the ball-tampering scandal. However, Justin Langer was announced as the new head coach of Australia and has a big task in front of him.
“Being with Channel 7 now, if anything, probably enhances my opportunities to coach whether that be over here in India in the IPL or maybe some more involvement around the Australian team. This relationship for me will probably open up more coaching opportunities. That was one of the reasons why I made the decision to do what I do.” Ponting said on Channel 7 from Delhi, where he is coaching the Daredevils.
The former Australian skipper also backed Langer to do well with the national team. Ponting and Langer are close friends and the former added that he would help out Langer in any way he can. “Justin is absolutely the right man and if I can get involved in any way trying to help him out, maybe even as an assistant coach around the T20 format or one-day format then absolutely, I’d love to do that,” Ponting added.
Ponting loves to be around the team environment. The Australian cricket board may just rope him in to assist Langer in rebuilding the team and achieving positive results.