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Ponting’s next assignment is the CPL
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket after finishing a two-month stint with English county side Surrey.
Ponting noted that the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), in which he will represent the Mumbai Indians, who won this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), will be his last competitive cricket tournament.
“While I’m enjoying my cricket as much as ever, it just feels like the right time to finish playing,” Ponting told the Daily Mail. “My body and mind are in great shape and I know I’m going to really enjoy these last few months before the next stage of life begins.”
Ponting announced his retirement from Test cricket during Australia’s three-Test home series against South Africa, where he played his final Test match at Perth.
The ex-Australian skipper boasts an impressive international record, with 13,378 runs in 168 Test matches and 13,704 ODI runs.
He has also won three World Cups, with two coming while he was captain of the national team.
In his final Sheffield Shield season, Ponting helped Tasmania to glory and finished as the league’s top run-scorer.
Ponting’s next assignment will be the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), in which he will represent the Antigua Hawksbills.
“To win the Sheffield Shield with Tasmania in my last game in Australia played at Blundstone Arena, will forever be a memory close to my heart,” Ponting said. “It’s one of a lifetime of memories that will become even more special to me in retirement.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunities that the game of cricket has given to me. I’ve played with so many outstanding people at all levels of cricket with lifelong friendships made.”
Despite struggling against South Africa in his final Test series, amassing 32 runs from just three innings, Ponting created a media frenzy after stating that he may consider coming out of retirement to help Australia during the upcoming Ashes series.
“I would never say never,” he said in a newspaper interview, but the very next day clarified that he would not be coming out of retirement.
Once Ponting finishes all his cricket duties in October, he will start promoting his autobiography and working closely with his cancer charity, while also aiming to spend more time with his wife, Rianna, and his two daughters.
“I’m considering a couple of options in the cricket media and I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful group of commercial partners that I will be continuing to work with,” he said. “My autobiography comes out in late October so I’ve also got a couple of busy months on my book tour when I get back. I got a taste for the off field demands of coaching, mentoring and leadership at Mumbai. I’d like to do more of this in the future.
“I’m excited about what lies ahead. We are moving to Melbourne, which will be like a new beginning as a family leading a more normal life. I’ll be able to spend more time with family and friends, play a lot more golf and see more of North Melbourne footy games.
“Rianna and I will continue to build the work of the Ponting Foundation and, with more time on my hands, I’m intending on spending more time with children with cancer and their families.”