BBL: Hobart Hurricanes appoints Ricky Ponting as Head of Strategy

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BBL: Hobart Hurricanes appoints Ricky Ponting as Head of Strategy

Former Australia captain, Ricky Ponting has been appointed as Hobart Hurricanes Head of Strategy ahead of the upcoming season of the BBL with the aim of clinching their maiden title. Ponting has signed a three-year contract & will work on a part-time basis for Hurricanes while continuing his role as a commentator for Channel Seven during the Australian summer, including on BBL games, as well as coaching Delhi Capitals in the IPL.

Ponting has been brought on board to help assist the Hurricanes with coaching appointments, list management, strategy, and culture after they missed the finals last season. Ponting’s major task after taking up the role is to guide the Hurricanes in appointing a new Head Coach after Adam Griffith resigned at the end of last season. Former Australia Coach, Justin Langer who has a good rapport with Ponting is the potential successor for Griffith. However, Langer is still yet to make a decision on his coaching future after his hostile departure from his post of Australia Men’s team’s Head Coach.

Ponting will also work closely with the appointed Coach on list management decisions as well as team strategy and culture. But he will not have a day-to-day role with the team during the season and will remain in place as a commentator.

Previously, Ricky Ponting had played eight matches for Hurricanes across the inaugural two seasons of the BBL, which were his last two seasons in professional cricket. They were the only matches he played in the BBL before retiring from all forms of cricket.

“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 now know so much more about the nuances of the T20 game now than I did then,” Ponting 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.”

This collaboration will mark Ponting’s first off-field role in the BBL other than his commentary work. Ponting has worked as a coaching consultant for Australia in limited-overs cricket under both Darren Lehmann and Langer. His last stint with the Australian men’s team was during the 2019 ODI World Cup.

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