Indian cricketers sported camouflage military in solidarity with Indian soldiers killed last month in an attack in Pulwama by a Pakistan based militant group in the 3rd ODI against Australia.
This didn’t go well with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a letter to International Cricket Council(ICC) asking them to take action against Indian cricket team for the same act.
On 14th February, 40 Indian army men were killed in an attack caused by a militant group based in Pakistan. Attack and counter-attacks were followed for the next few days in the border area. The tension is yet not complete over and demands for Indian cricket team boycotting the World Cup match against Pakistan are also making headlines.
“It’s just not Cricket”, I hope ICC ll take action for politicising Gentleman’s game … if Indian Cricket team ll not be stopped, Pak Cricket team should wear black bands to remind The World about Indian atrocities in Kashmir… I urge #PCB to lodge formal protest pic.twitter.com/GoCHM9aQqm
The Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and senior member Mahendra Singh Dhoni came with the idea of wearing military caps to show respect to the martyrs. Virat Kohli also announced that all the players would donate their fees from the match to a national defense fund for the families of the soldiers died in the attack.
The Chairman of PC Ehsan Mani told reporters that they had taken up the matter to ICC.
“We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their (India) credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly.”
Mani gave the example of Moeen Ali and Imran Tahir. He reminded all how ICC earlier took action against England all-rounder Moeen Ali and South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir for breaching ICC clothing and equipment regulations to make political statements. Mani informed,
“The ICC had taken strong action against them and we have sought similar action against India,” he added. “The permission they took was for a different purpose but they acted differently.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) already announced that they had taken permission from the ICC. But it seems that the PCB isn’t ready to let go the matter so easily. According to the chairman,
“We have been in touch with ICC from day one, sent one letter already and another is being followed up in the next 12 hours. There should not be any ambiguity as we are taking this very strongly.”
IPL 2019 is knocking at the door. The tournament has started making headlines almost daily now. The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently expressed a desire to put forth a uniform policy for T20 leagues across the globe.
This has become a matter of concern for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The board clearly mentioned how they are not interested to welcome any interference from the global body in the Indian Premier League.
BCCI asked ICC to ‘stay away’ from IPL terming the Indian board as the only governing authority of the league. ICC reportedly wished to incorporate the ‘minimum criteria’ and a defined ‘framework’ reportedly being the two frameworks that the ICC wishes to incorporate but the treasurer of the Indian cricket board, Anirudh Chaudhry expressed a firm stance of not allowing any sort of intervention in the domestic T20 competition.
BCCI Not Happy With ICC
“The ICC is good with words but the substance of their intent is pretty obvious over the past couple of years.”
He added, “They see that for their purposes, BCCI as an organization in this period of transition is not the force that it was. They see the issues that have existed with regard to the holding of the General Meetings, the forum that decides on policy matters.”
He furthermore clarified,
“Therefore, the ICC has been making a push, albeit a push camouflaged in pretty words, to intrude upon the sovereignty of the BCCI vis-à-vis the ICC. Whether it is the attempt to govern the inter-board relations or the attempt to gain granular information about the operations of the BCCI and its members, and now the attempted intrusion in the IPL”.
The BCCI CEO Raul Johri also commented on the matter and said,
“The BCCI is of the firm view that the IPL is a domestic property of the BCCI. The prerogative of setting rules and regulations of the IPL rest with the BCCI”.
With IPL 2019 approaching in a few days, the members of the BCCI are not taking ICC’s intent lightly. “What are these strategy groups? Does the (ICC) chairman (Shashank Manohar) have any grasp over why these strategy groups have been formed and how they function? For instance, there’s a strategy group on ‘cricket’ but has no cricketer on it. Similarly, there’s a strategy group on the T20 leagues, but there’s nobody with any experience of running a T20 league who sits in that group. Is this some joke?” the members asked.
After such reports published in Indian media ICC issued a statement clarifying their stand. The global board is not interested to interfere in the IPL. “Reports (in the Indian media) that ICC is somehow seeking to interfere in or dictate to the IPL are wide of the mark. That is not the case”, the ICC statement read.
It seems ICC also doesn’t want to mess with the richest board of the cricket world. ICC is already dealing with India Pakistan issue in global platforms. Moreover, IPL 2019 is scheduled to begin from the last week of March. World Cup 2019 will be starting on May 30. In the current situation, the ICC will not like to get involved in any such controversy.
Rohit Sharma is a huge asset for the Indian cricket team, for his ability to provide the team with some quickfire runs at the top. He is a dependable and strong character, and the team can always expect to bank on him.
His innings’ have always left a powerful memory on his fans. Along with Indian captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma has been the mainstay of the Indian batting line-up.
The batsman has always been a treat to watch and his ascension to being an opener has always been the greatest decision of his cricketing career. His batting completely transformed, and he became indispensable, mesmerizing fans continuously. Here are a few of his most memorable knocks.
264 (173) vs Sri Lanka
Rohit Sharma had the Sri Lankan fielders transfixed in their place as if they were statues during this innings. Hitting runs like they were a walk in the park, Sharma smashed everything that came his way as he scripted the highest ODI total at his favorite hunting ground, Eden Gardens. This was a match that is still engraved in the mind of every cricket lover, and till date, his amazing record has been unbroken.
209 (158) vs Australia
This was Sharma’s first double hundred, and that too against a formidable opponent like Australia. Smashing 12 fours and 16 sixes, the batsman left the Chinnaswamy stadium spellbound, whether it be the spectators, the umpires, or the players themselves. He also secured the record of hitting the most number of sixes in an innings. Due to him, India achieved 383 runs, and consequently, went on to win the match.
171 (163) vs Australia
Beating the Australians on their own turf is next to impossible. However, Rohit Sharma has never paid any heed to the regulations of the game. Smashing the Australians in style, he scored an unbeaten 171 off 163 balls, with 13 fours and 7 sixes. He ended on an unbeaten 171*, beating the score of the legendary Viv Richards of 153* in 1979. Unfortunately, his efforts could not help India achieve victory in the match.
As with Australia, England too are considered tough to beat at their own grounds. However, Sharma scored 137* off 114 balls with ease, helping India achieve the target of 269 runs with 59 balls to spare. He scored 15 fours and 4 sixes, playing with elegance and sophistication. His innings helped India achieve an easy victory as he once again showed his importance in the Indian line-up.
137 (126) vs Bangladesh
This innings of Rohit Sharma is especially memorable, as it came during the quarterfinals of the World Cup of 2015, held in Australia and New Zealand. The batsman scored 137 runs off 126 balls, in a wonderful inning studded with 14 fours and 3 sixes. This knock also helped India beat Bangladesh in the quarterfinals, helping them step into the semi-finals with ease. Sharma’s innings was instrumental in helping India achieve a huge total of 309 runs, which Bangladesh could not overcome by a long haul, as they were bundled out for a paltry 194 runs by the equally amazing bowlers of the Indian cricket team.
During the 1997 Women’s World Cup Belinda Clarke from Australia became the first International limited over double centurion against Denmark. A feat which was not achieved yet in Men’s game. Saeed Anwar’s record 194 was made a few months earlier which remained the highest individual score in the men’s game for the next few years.
As we moved past the new millennium one constant debate among cricket fans was to guess who would be One Day cricket’s first male double centurion, a scenario which looked likely more and more every passing day. Especially with the invent of T20 and presence of some of astonishing hitting talent in the game like Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers the first ODI double century was round the corner. In 2009, bespectacled Charles Coventry touched Anwar’s record of 194 against Bangladesh but being an innings played between the minnows, the innings did not get focus and appreciation it deserved.
In 2010, South Africa came to India to play a short series of two tests and three ODIs. After a closely fought test series and tight first One Day which India won by just 1 run, the teams came to Gwalior for the second One Day international.
India Won the toss and elected to bat in better. Although Sehwag went early Sachin Tendulkar kept playing his shots and looked ominous. Tendulkar’s highest ODI score 186 was far away but his strokeplay that day gave an indication that something special might be in store. He along with Dinesh Karthik built a 196-run partnership and Tendulkar reached his 100 in just 90 balls. Once Karthik was departed Yousuf Pathan was sent up the order to utilize the platform built and he duly delivered with a 23-ball 36. By the time Pathan was dismissed Tendulkar already reached 168 in 41st over and 200 looks real possibility! With MS Dhoni for the company, Tendulkar broke Anwar’s record of 194 in the 45th over with thunderous applause from the spectators present in the ground. It is when MS Dhoni took over and Tendulkar could add only 4 more runs in next 3 overs. The 50th over started with India on 385, Sachin Tendulkar on 199 at the non-striker end and a nation on his feet, restless for a single from the master.
Langeveldt’s first delivery went for another six by Dhoni, must of be one of his least appreciated six by Indian fans as they were focussing on something else. In the next ball, Dhoni Swings the ball towards mid-wicket boundary but Amla dived to save the four and batsmen agree to not to go for the double despite the fumble, again came the huge cheer from the fans in the ground and also in front of the television. But the biggest cheer of the day was saved for the next delivery when Tendulkar steered the ball past point to become the first double centurion in One Day cricket in the ODI number 2,962. Everyone in the ground was up on their feet including his team members. Sachin Tendulkar has many records in his name, especially in the One Day Cricket and one of the key reasons for the enhanced popularity of this format during the 90’s. Hence very fittingly once he became the first double centurion of the game it gave a feeling of justice and fulfilments.
MS Dhoni finished in style to take India past 400 and South Africa could not replicate their Wonderers’ magic and lost by 153 runs.
Looked like Sachin Tendulkar has started a trend and in the next few years quite a few big names added themselves in the ‘ODI 200 Club’.
Sehwag broke Tendulkar’s record in December 2011, when he scored 219. The next two double hundreds came from Rohit Sharma who managed to change his career graph once he started opening in ODIs and proved his capacity to play long innings. During his second double hundred, he could reach 264 against Sri Lanka at Kolkata which remained the highest. In this way, the first four ODI double hundreds were all scored by Indians.
Interestingly on this same day, four years later, Chris Gayle became the first Non-Indian player to score an ODI double. This was also the first double century in the men’s World Cup game. But Gayle’s record of highest score in the World Cup was broken by Martin Guptil within a month when he scored 237 against the Windies in the Quarterfinal.
In the last four years, there are three instances of ODI double hundred. One more came from Rohit Sharma and the first from Pakistan was scored when Fakhar Zaman got one against Zimbabwe. The other double centurion during this period was Amelia Kerr, the young all-rounder from White Ferns who also took 5 wickets in the same match in one of the game’s greatest all-round performance.
Cricket is not just a game of sixes and fours, for we have seen players like Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Yousuf, Ricky Ponting, and Rahul Dravid bat with sheer class and technique and steal the game away from the opponents.
However, the sport is known for accommodating multi-faceted stars, and players who can hit crucial sixes at will are important as well.
Players like Virender Sehwag and Sanath Jayasuriya instill fear in the rival camps even before they have stepped out on the field because they have the ability to take the game away in just a few overs. By brute force, these cricketers have ensured many memorable wins for their respective sides.
Recently, Chris Gayle became the cricketer with the most international sixes in his whirlwind knock of 135 against England. He beat Shahid Afridi’s record of 476 international sixes and is now perched at numero uno with 477 maximums.
Here are the 5 batsmen with most sixes across all formats in international cricket.
The first player that comes to mind when we talk about six hitting abilities is West Indian great Chris Gayle. The Jamaican is one of the most brutal smashers of the ball, and there is hardly any bowler to can stop the Universal Boss when he is in full form.
Gayle’s still head position, his high backlift, and his core muscle help him power through, delighting spectators with his strokeplay and his belligerence. The player has announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup this year, and one hopes that he can accumulate more hits to the fence till then.
The Pakistani was one of the most clinical hitters of the ball in his heydays. His six-hitting abilities drew many spectators into the ground and he earned the nickname ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ due to his huge sixes in the death overs.
The Karachi star played some blinders down the order to helped Pakistan chase down some memorable targets. His powerful forearms that easily lofted balls overs deep-cover or mid-wicket made him a threat and his 476 sixes across formats is a testimony of how lethal he was.
McCullum was one of the most dangerous players for his country. His good hand-eye coordination and his footwork ensured that more often than not, he got New Zealand off to a tremendous start.
The dazzling player would charge down the track and relish in hitting the quicks for big sixes across the ground. He was a good puller and cutter of the ball, which ensured that he smashed some eye-pleasing strokes square of the wicket.
McCullum ended his international career with 398 sixes.
One of the most dangerous openers in cricket, Jayasuriya was known for his six-hitting abilities at the top of the order. Blessed with great hand-eye coordination, the Sri Lankan could reduce the threat of the bowlers by dispatching them all across the ground with disdain.
He was a good player of the cut and pull shots, and used his muscular forearms to derive power. He made hitting sixes look so very easy, and made a name for himself as one of the most destructive players to have graced the field.
Jayasuriya ended with 352 international sixes.
Though Dhoni’s six-hitting abilities have drastically reduced, on his day, he was the most dangerous player, especially in the death overs. He has single-handedly won India many tight games and his power ensured that no bowler heaved in relief till they had his back.
A bottom heavy player, Dhoni used the immense strength of his wrists to hit low and flat sixes. His bat swing was next to none and his knowledge of when to accelerate and take the game into the next-mode is what set Dhoni apart. The former Indian captain has 342 international sixes to his name and would hope to end his career with a few more.
After having a 2-1 series win over New Zealand, India are all set to face England for a three-match ODI series.
As the ICC Women’s Championship (2017-20) is going on and the series against White Ferns is done and dusted, now it’s time for India to take on England on India’s home soil. The series will begin from February 22 in Mumbai. This series is equally important for both the teams. India is currently in the fourth position in the points table with 12 points while England at the seventh place with 10 points.
Prior to the series against England, here are the 5 players who should watch out for:
The most important player in the India team right now is none other than Smriti Mandhana. The classy left-hander has been in the top form for the last two years. From becoming the ‘Player of the Series’ in the ODI series against New Zealand to become the No. 1 batter in the ‘ICC ODI Batting Ranking’, Mandhana is smashing every record.
Mandhana scored 196 runs in 3 matches including a century and an unbeaten 90 in the recently concluded series against New Zealand and she is improving day by day. Her maiden Super League ended on a high note with the score of 421 in 9 innings with the strike rate of 174.69. Her strike-rate of 174.69 is better than anyone else’s strike-rate by far in the KIA Super League and Women’s Big Bash League.
She now holds the record of scoring the fastest fifty in T20 to her name. She slammed a 61-ball 102 in the recently concluded Super League and became the second India player to score a century in T20 after Mithali Raj. She has scored two centuries and eight half-centuries in 15 matches since the beginning of the last year, 2018.
Mandhana also became the first Indian as well as the second woman cricketer to score centuries in South Africa-England-New Zealand-Australia. She has the ability to score plenty of runs in the powerplay and currently leading the batting chart of ICC Women’s Championship with 684 runs in 12 matches. Her devastating form will help her side to score big as well as to chase in the tournament.
Another player who can play a pivotal role for India is the youngster Jemimah Rodrigues. She came into limelight when she smashed a double century (202 off 163 balls) in the U-19 match against Saurashtra. She made her debut during the South Africa series in the shortest format of the game in 2018 and played her first ODI match against Australia last year.
From the last one year, she has been consistent with the bat. She has played 7 ODIs and 22 T20Is so far and has 731 International runs in her name. Currently, the ranked no. 2 in the ICC T20I Batting Ranking, Rodrigues has the ability to become one of the key batters for India and she can pose a great threat to the opponents as well.
England’s wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Taylor has returned to the squad after having played an ODI nearly seven months ago against New Zealand at Derby. She had missed the ICC World T20 last year for her anxiety issues. She has appeared in 118 ODIs so far and she has scored 3945 runs.
Moreover, no one can forget her lightening quick glove-work behind the stumps. She is one of the great hurdles for the opponents in the way of victory. Earlier, she had missed the World T20 in 2016 and was on a break but returned to the game during the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017. She plays an important role in her side’s win over India in the scintillating tournament.
However, the upcoming ODI series will be her first 50-over series in India since the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2013 and her inclusion surely help England in their win.
England captain Heather Knight is the other player who can give a tough fight to the opponent. Though her journey in the national squad had started as a replacement of injured Sarah Taylor during their tour to India in 2010. She got the chance in the 5th One Day International match on March 1 in Mumbai and scored 49 on her debut. She is also the first woman cricketer to score a fifty and to take a five-wicket haul in an ODI inning.
She has been in a prolific form for the last couple of years. She scored 374 runs in 13 matches in the fourth edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). She had a rather impressive tournament in the KIA Super League, last year; where she had amassed 368 runs in 13 innings with a strike rate of 133.82 and became the second highest run-getter only after Smriti Mandhana.
Recently she scored an unbeaten 64 and guided her side to a 2-wicket win over Board President’s XI in the warm-up game. Ever since she got the captaincy, she leads with an example. Having more than 3,000 runs and 63 wickets in 145 International matches, she can upset any of the opponents with ease.
Right now, one of the most dependable bowlers of India is undoubtedly the leg-spinner Poonam Yadav. The leg break bowler has been in a wonderful form throughout the year. She was the highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded series against White Ferns; where she bagged six wickets in three One Day Internationals.
She scalped 20 wickets in 12 ICC Women’s Championship (2017*20) matches including a 4-fer and currently placed at the third position only after Sana Mir and Leigh Kasperek. She is currently in her career-best ICC ranking of no. 2 in the shortest format of the game and placed at 9th in the ODI bowling list.
Her googly can trouble any batter and she can take wickets at any crucial moment. She has her best bowling figure in ODI against Sri Lanka (4/13) and in T20I against Bangladesh (4/9). Captain’s go-to bowler, Poonam Yadav can play a major role in India’s win.
Though England beat India many a time, India have never lost a bilateral series in their home soil. It will be interesting to see whether Heather Knight and Co. can break India’s record or India will keep their winning streak intact over England.
International Cricket Council (ICC) has lifted the ban on Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya on Monday (February 18) and he has returned to the ODI squad for the South Africa series. He was suspected over a bowling action during their first Test against England in Sri Lanka last November.
Dananjaya has remodeled bowling action which was analyzed in Chennai on February 2. However, ICC has issued the statement which read that “the amount of elbow extension for all his deliveries was within the allowed 15-degree level of tolerance.”
Though match officials still can report Akila Dananjaya if they found any suspicious action in his bowling and the umpires and the match officials will be provided with images and video footage of Danajaya’s remodeled legal bowling action.
“Match Officials are still at liberty to report Dananjaya if they believe he is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action from the assessment,” the ICC media release stated.
Dananjaya was suspected for his bowling action during the first Test of the England series in Galle in November, where England won the series by 3-0. However, Dananjaya was banned after the independent assessment of his bowling action in Brisbane on November 23, last year which disclosed that his deliveries surpassed the 15-degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Akila Dananjaya has played five Tests, thirty One Day Internationals and sixteen Twenty20 International matches so far since his debut where he bagged 27, 46 and 14 wickets respectively. He has played 45 First-Class matches, 69 List A matches, and 58 T20 matches and picked up 147, 84 and 65 wickets respectively.
He has quite an impressive bowling figure in his name. He took six wickets in his nine overs spell during their match against South Africa on August 12, 2018. This is by far his best bowling figure in ODI. His best bowling in Tests came against England last year where he scalped six wickets for the losing cause of his side.
Kuldeep Yadav, the Indian spinner reaches career-best second position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings. His performance against New Zealand helped him to improve his T20 ranking. He took two wickets for 26 in the final match against the Kiwis to move up one place in the list.
Kuldeep Yadav produced a magical spell to dismiss the well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only T20I match he played against NZ. Currently, he is behind only to Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the ranking table. Krunal Pandya, another left-arm spinner has moved up 39 places to achieve his a career-best 58th rank. Indian openers Rohit Sharma is now at the seventh position while the other opener Shikhar Dhawan is now at 11th. Virat Kohli is now at the 20th position.
India's premier wrist spinner #KuldeepYadav rose one place to take a career-best second spot in the #ICC mens #T20I player rankings after returning 2/26 in the final match against #NZ which the men-in-blue lost by four runs to go down 1-2 in the series.
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson has moved up one place to 12th, Ross Taylor has moved up seven places to 51st and Tim Seifert has achieved career-best 83rd after moving up up 87 places. Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers is also a notable gainer with Mitchell Santner making it to the top ten.
For South African left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks, the eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him reach his career-best 81st position. Chris Morris has also gained a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets.
Among others, Pakistan’s Babar Azam got his reward after his knock of 151 and continues to top the batsmen’s list. Hussain Talat has moved to 56th position and Shahid Afridi is now standing at career-best 48th position. Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim is at the fourth position now.
Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers whereas all eyes were on the Nepal players. Nepal’s Paras Khadka has gained five places to reach 90th position while Basant Regmi and Sompal Kami are in joint 70th position among bowlers.
In team ranking, there has been an improvement for Nepal. They have overtaken the UAE marginally to be on the 14th position South Africa is now at the third position ahead of Australia and England in the fourth and fifth.
International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar said on Thursday that the longest format of the game is dying as the people nowadays don’t have time to watch the five days game that is why the Test Cricket is dying.
Currently, on an invitational visit to Bangladesh, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar shared that the World Test championship will set to begin after the ICC World Cup this year. It is expected that this initiative has been taken to save the longest format of the game.
Test cricket is dying, says @ICC chairman Shashank Manohar
The Test matches in Australia and England still see a lot of crowds but it has become a challenge for years to draw people in the rest of the cricket world.
“We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest. Because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest,” Manohar said. “So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The (ICC) board directors came to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game,” he further added.
While talking about the TRPs, Manohar, who is currently in Dhaka to watch the final of the Bangladesh Premier League T20 Tournament, shared that the shortest format of the game draw more people than any other version as well as provides most ratings for the broadcasters.
“If you look at the TRPs of the broadcasters, T20 has the maximum TRP. It is because of being the shorter version of the game. Nowadays, people don’t have five days time to watch a Test match.”
“Nowadays, people don’t have five days… to watch a Test match. From 10 to 5, everybody has their own job to do so it is very difficult for them to watch (Tests),” he said. T20s are “over in 3.5 hours, like watching a movie. Therefore, it is picking up very fast.”
Although Manohar also added that there are some problems which are posing a major hurdle to their plans of including cricket in the Olympics. Moreover, the Olympics take 15 days only and to finish a world event of cricket within this small time would be difficult.
“We are trying to take it to Olympics but there are certain hurdles. The bigger issue is the Olympics is held over 15 days. How do you finish a world event of cricket in fifteen days?” he said. “For that, you need cricket stadiums also. Olympics are not held only in cricket-playing countries. They are played elsewhere, so to finish the tournament you will need a minimum of four stadiums.”
However, the competition for Test cricket will be played over two-year cycles and the first edition of the championship will start after the 2019 ICC World Cup which will continue till April 2021. Top nine teams will play six series each during that period in a home and away format. The top two teams of the point table will lock horns with each other in the championship final.
Former Australia Captain Ricky Ponting will join Australia’s coaching staff for the World Cup in England this year. He will be working alongside coach Justin Langer as an assistant coach during Australia’s quest for sixth World Cup Title.
According to interim High-Performance Executive General Manager Belinda Clark,
“With two major events back to back we believe it is important to focus at the number of staff specifically on one event. The appointment of Ricky is a part of this overall strategy.” He added, “Ricky will assist Justin across a number of key areas including strategy and game-plan, but he will also work closely with and mentor the batting group as they prepare for the English conditions.”
Under Ponting, Australia won the World Cup twice in 2003 and 2007. he was also a part of the World Cup winning squad in 1999. The coach, Justin Langer believes his expertise will be helpful for Australia to defend the title.
“Ricky knows what’s required to win World Cups, and I know he will be a valuable mentor to not just the batting group, but the broader squad as we focus our attention on defending our World Cup title,” Langer said in a statement.
Ponting previously worked short-term with Australia’s ODI and Twenty20 squads.
He said, “I’ve enjoyed my previous short-term roles with the ODI and T20 teams, but World Cups take on a whole different meaning for me.” He showed his confidence in the Aussie squad and said, “I have enormous confidence in the players available to the selectors and know we will be as tough to beat as any team.”
On the other hand, David Saker resigned as Australia’s fast-bowling coach with immediate effect. Troy Cooley will serve a temporary bowling coach on upcoming limited-overs tours of India and the UAE. According to reports, Aussie legend Jason Gillespie is the most probable name for Australia’s long-term bowling coach position.
Regarding Ponting’s appointment, Belinda Clark mentioned,
“This appointment also provides an opportunity for Graeme Hick to focus on preparation for the Ashes.”
The 34-year old will be coaching the newly named Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League in April and May before joining Australia’s squad. Australia’s World Cup campaign will start on June 1 with their first encounter against Afghanistan in Bristol.