Ricky Ponting has been designated the Hobart Hurricanes’ new head of strategy, the franchise confirmed on Thursday. Ricky Ponting has previously represented Hobart in the Big Bash League, but the squad has yet to win a title.
Ponting will serve on the board for three years and will be a significant decision-maker.
“Ponting has signed a three-year contract with the male Hurricanes program, which will see him identify candidates for the now-vacant head coaching role, as well as collaborate on the match and list strategy with the then-appointed coach,” the Hobart Hurricanes said in a statement.
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As he begins his new role, Ponting believes he is in a better position to comprehend T20 cricket.
“The competition and the game have evolved dramatically since I played for the Hurricanes in the BBL|01 and BBL|02, and I know a lot more about the complexities of the T20 game now than I did then,” Ponting said.
“I’m passionate about the development of Tasmanian and Australian cricket in all forms, so being asked to play such an important role for the Hurricanes is truly incredible. I’m excited to go to work finding the best coach for the job and then putting up a strategy for the club to accomplish next season.“
“I feel the Hurricanes have the foundations to win our first BBL trophy with a few modifications in a number of important areas,” he continued.
PUNTER’S IN PURPLE 💜 We’re excited to welcome Tasmania’s own Ricky Ponting back to the Hurricanes family 👨👦👦 Ricky has signed a three-year deal as the Hurricanes’ @BBL Head of Strategy. #TasmaniasTeam
Ponting played eight games for the Hurricanes in the BBL’s first two seasons, which were also his final two seasons in professional cricket. He only appeared in two BBL games before retiring, but he stated he was happy to be back with the team he still supports.