“I am extraordinarily excited to be becoming a member of the Washington Freedom in 2024,” Ponting stated in a press release. “Cricket is de facto on the rise within the US and I am trying ahead to being concerned in Main League Cricket. I have been impressed by everybody concerned at Washington Freedom, and, whereas it’s kind of surreal to be changing my mate Greg Shipperd, there’s in all probability nobody higher to arrange a profitable franchise. I am able to construct on his work as we glance in direction of the approaching season.”
Shipperd stepped all the way down to concentrate on Cricket New South Wales Blues and the Sixers in Australia’s home circuit.
Ponting is presently the pinnacle coach of Delhi Capitals within the IPL, and has beforehand stuffed roles in cricket’s quick type with the Mumbai Indians and the Australian males’s staff. He might be teaching the Washington DC primarily based MLC facet for the subsequent two years.
“Ricky was probably the most recognised and revered cricketers on the earth throughout his taking part in days and is now probably the most revered and coveted coaches on the worldwide circuit,” Klinger stated. “It’s a big coup, not just for Washington Freedom and the partnership with Cricket NSW, however extra holistically for Main League Cricket and cricket in North America usually.
“Gamers need to play for Ricky. He has an unbelievable eye for expertise and a ability in bringing the perfect out of these gamers. Ricky will work with a few of our CNSW coaches and gamers who’re a part of the Washington Freedom arrange and we stay up for constructing on the foundations for achievement from the primary version of MLC.”
Freedom proprietor Sanjay Govil stated Ponting’s appointment would proceed the constructive evolution for MLC and construct on the inspiration of the primary yr.
“Reflecting on the success of MLC’s inaugural season and the aspiration to raise cricket within the USA, we’re poised to construct upon the foundations laid final yr,” Govil stated. “Our journey noticed us seize the creativeness of the cricket-passionate local people, showcasing the burgeoning expertise inside the US and igniting a ardour for the game. As we glance to the longer term, it is clear that our ambitions require a determine of unmatched stature and experience.
“It’s with immense satisfaction and anticipation that we welcome Ricky Ponting as our head coach. Ricky’s legendary standing, characterised by his management, profitable mindset, and dedication to nurturing expertise, aligns completely with our targets. His understanding of our imaginative and prescient – to reinforce the game’s profile within the US and to develop native expertise – resonates with our mission.
Freedom have Cricket NSW as their high-performance associate, and had Matthew Brief, Moises Henriques, Glenn Phillips amongst others flip up for them.