CM – “Have a young family now”: Ricky Ponting on the refusal of coaching jobs for India, Australia

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Ponting, a batting legend and one of the most successful captains of all time, said that due to his time commitment, he could not compete in India as a coach and in a similar role for the Australian team.

Published: November 19, 2021 8:08 AM |

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MELBOURNE: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has announced that he has been asked by the BCCI to coach India before Rahul Dravid was selected for the coveted job.

Ponting, a hit legend and one of the most successful captains of all time said his time commitment prevented him from competing in India as a coach and in a similar role for the Australian team.

« I had a couple of conversations with some people about this during the IPL (the Position of Indian head coach).

The people I spoke to were pretty eager to find a way to make it work, « Ponting told The Grade Cricketer podcast.

 » First I can’t give up this time, which means I can’t train in the IPL, « said Ponting of his conversations about the Indian coaching job.

Ponting also said that for the same reasons, he would not be able to the trainer job in Australia.

« To be honest, the only thing stopping me from taking the job is time. I would love to coach the Australian team, but what I’ve done with my playing career was that I was just as far away from my family. « 

 » I now have a young family, a seven year old boy, and 300 days in I wouldn’t give up a year. This is where the IPL works so well for me. « 

Ponting said he was surprised that Dravid took the job, given that he has a young family.

 » There has been a lot of talk about how happy he (Dravid) was (with) his role in the Academy (NCA). I’m not sure about his family life, I think he has young children. « 

 » Anyway, I’m surprised he took it. The people I spoke to were each other sure they have the right person so they probably got Dravid up to speed. ”

Ponting also confirmed that he will stay with Delhi Capitals at the next IPL, although he has not yet officially extended his contract with the club .

« Some of the young players I got to work with are amazing and really good people, » he said.

« That’s what I want to do – the Prithvi Shaws, the Shreyas Iyers, The Avesh Khans, these guys, we had them for three to four years in the system and they really turned out to be exceptionally good IPL players, and some of them turned out to be international players as well. « 

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