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Shane Warne, the former Australian bowler has reportedly asked Ricky Ponting’s inclusion in the Indian Premier League. 

Ricky Ponting has been appointed as the assistant coach of the Australian cricket team for World Cup 2019. Therefore, Shane Warne has suggested the authorities to rethink the matter over conflict of interest issue. Shane Warne, in this regard, has shared examples of Indian coaches being barred to participate in IPL due to conflict of interest. According to him, Ricky Pointing should be treated in the same manner after his association with the national team of Australia.

Shane Warne Question's Ponting's Inclusion In IPL
Shane Warne Question’s Ponting’s Inclusion In IPL (Image- Getty Images)

The Backstory

The spin maestro, Share Warne is the brand ambassador of Rajasthan Royals whereas the former captain of Australia, Ricky Ponting coaches Delhi Capitals in IPL. The legends have been teammates for a good number of periods and have immense contribution to the legendary cricket status of Australia.

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Earlier this month Australia Cricket Board appointed Ricky Ponting as an assistant Coach to focus on Australia’s ODI World Cup campaign. He will be mostly working on the batting sector to help Aussies in England.

Referring to this, in an interview with Mumbai Mirror Shane Warne said, 

“Look, Virat Kohli is the captain of a team and Rohit Sharma is the captain of another side. They will have players from other countries who are bound for the World Cup. So that does not bother me.”

Shane Warne Feels Unfair

According to Warne, this would be unfair to the Indian cricketers who faced this scenario earlier.

“But on the first point, (and) this is not for me to say, but if the BCCI decides Ravi Shastri cannot be part of the IPL, then I don’t see how Ricky can be.”

Rahul Dravid, for the same reason, left the coaching of Delhi Daredevils (Delhi Capitals) earlier. BCCI mentioned how the national coaches would not be part of IPL due to conflict of interest. Shane Warne has shared his opinion in the same line and asked Ponting’s association in IPL.

IPL 2019 will begin on March 23 and BCCI is yet to disclose the schedule. It will be interesting to see if Ponting decides to respond on the same. BCCI is also expected to throw some light on the matter as Warne has some valid point.


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