Ricky Ponting won’t be taking over the role of coaching any of the Australian domestic sides despite his success in the IPL this season.
Ponting coached the Mumbai Indians to a title win in the recently-concluded eighth edition of the Indian Premier League. What made the title victory even sweeter was the fact they came back from four defeats in their first five games to make it to the playoffs and then beat the Chennai Super Kings twice to win the title.
However, that does not mean Ponting wants to continue taking up more coaching assignments. He has said no to joining either the New South Wales for the Sheffield Shield or the Sydney Sixers for the Big Bash League, both of which are vacant following the appointment of Trevor Bayliss as the England coach.
Ponting has said he will prefer commentating during the Big Bash League over joining the coaching staff of either of the Aussie sides for now. The former Australian captain has a contract with the official broadcaster Channel Ten for commentary.
Fans will be relieved to hear, however, this is just a temporary thing. Ponting admitted he hadn’t given his long term goals a thought and will consider the role if they were available at a later time.
Ponting’s contract with Ten lasts for another two seasons of the Big Bash League, which means he can be heard in your living rooms till at least the 2016-17 season. He also has three other former cricketers in Adam Gilchrist, Damien Fleming and Mark Waugh for commentary company and according to Dave Barham, Ten’s head of sport, Ponting’s enjoying his job because he has had a lot of say in what goes about in the content.
The fifth edition of the Big Bash League will begin later in December this year and the Perth Scorchers will kick-start the tournament as the two-time defending champions. The Sixers and the Brisbane Heat have won the title once apiece.