Ricky Ponting will not be joining any IPL team in the next season as a coach, a report in Ten Sport suggests. Ponting, who is commentating during the ongoing Big Bash League, confirmed the news.
Breaking news: Ricky Ponting not coaching in the IPL. #BBL07
— 10 Sport (@10SportAU) December 28, 2017
A few days back, there were rounds that Ponting might join Delhi Daredevils in the capacity of Head Coach after Rahul Dravid left his job but the former Aussie player confirmed that he will not be associated with the league in any form.
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Pointing, as a member of backroom staff, joined Mumbai Indians in 2014 season and went on to stay with the team till 2016. In 2013, he though joined the team as a player but soon decided not to play and remained an unofficial member of the backroom staff. He was appointed as the advisor of the team in 2014 officially and was then elevated to the post of Head Coach for next two seasons.
However, before IPL 2016, he was replaced by Mahela Jayawardene, who coached the side to their third IPL title win in his maiden stint as the Head Coach. He is expected to retain his place in the franchise.
With Ponting opting against an IPL stint this season, the Delhi Daredevils franchise have to look for a new prospect. There were reports that the franchise was looking to rope in the former Aussie player as the Head coach.
All the franchises have to submit the list of retained players until January 4 and at present, the team (Delhi Daredevils) does not have any coach to decide who should they retain.
Other franchises have started looking for a new coach and have some of them have even finalised their signing. Brad Hodge has been appointed as the Head Coach of Kings XI Punjab and will be reporting to Virender Sehwag. The franchise has decided to retain backroom staff members of the previous edition but needs a fielding coach as R Sridhar has joined Indian cricket team.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have appointed Ashish Nehra as their mentor and Gary Kirsten is likely to join the franchise as well. Chennai Super Kings have almost confirmed Stephen Fleming as their Head Coach again after news came that the former New Zealand skipper might head newly built CSK academy too. Other franchises are almost likely to retain old support staff.
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