Cricket legend Ricky Ponting returning to Hobart Hurricanes in off-field role
Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has signed a three-year deal to become head of strategy at the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.
Ponting has already got to work helping the Hurricanes to find a replacement for Adam Griffith, who announced in January he would step down as head coach after five seasons.
Once appointed, the successful candidate is set to work with Ponting on “match and list strategy” for BBL|12 and beyond.
The Hurricanes will hope Ponting can entice top-quality talent to the Apple Isle and help them shake off a most unwanted mantle; the Canes are one of only two BBL franchises yet to win the title.
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Launceston-born Ponting said he was thrilled to be returning to the Hurricanes.
“The competition and the game itself have changed enormously from when I played for the Hurricanes back in BBL|01 and BBL|02, and I know so much more about the nuances of the T20 game now than I did then,” he said.
“I’m passionate about the progression of Tasmanian and Australian cricket across all forms of the game, so to be asked to take on such a critical role for the Hurricanes is really special.
“I’m looking forward to getting to work and securing the best coach for what we need, then building a plan for the team to execute next season.
“With a few tweaks in a couple of key areas, I believe the Hurricanes have the foundations to win our first BBL trophy.”
Since retiring from playing, Ponting has proven himself an adept coach and analyst of the shortest format.
Ponting guided the Delhi Capitals to their first IPL final in 2020 and then to the game before the final in the tournament that followed.
He briefly served as an assistant to Australian coach Darren Lehmann in 2018 but has previously cited “time commitments” for his inability to take on a bigger role with the national side.
Ponting is also regarded as one of the most insightful members of Channel 7’s BBL commentary team.
Cricket Tasmania chief executive Dominic Bakers said he had long been trying to lure Ponting back to the Hurricanes.
“To be honest, I think Ricky probably just said ‘yes’ as he was sick of me hassling him to come and join us,” Baker said.
“But really, it is such a win for not only the Hurricanes and Tasmanian cricket but for the League itself.
“In my mind, Ricky is undoubtedly the best T20 strategist in the world, and as a proud Tasmanian, we are thrilled to have him overseeing the direction of Tasmania’s team for at least the next three seasons.”
Originally published as Cricket legend Ricky Ponting returning to Hobart Hurricanes in off-field role
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