Ricky Ponting, the former Australia captain, has admitted that he is interested in taking up the role of chairman of selectors if he is offered the job. Ponting further stated that he is also open to taking a coaching position and be part of the Australian team support staff.
Ponting was, not long ago, seen as the front-runner to replace Australian coach Darren Lehmann during the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Sri Lanka in February and has already been in talks with Cricket Australia (CA) to coach the team. He has now emerged as a possible candidate to replace Rod Marsh, who quit as chairman of selectors recently, after Australia’s twin defeats to South Africa.
“I’d consider it and have a think about it,” Australian Associated Press quoted Ponting as saying. “I’ve said to Cricket Australia from the moment I’ve finished I’m happy to get involved somewhere and help out where I can.”
The rumours about Ponting taking up an important role gathered more strength when Ponting was replaced by Mahela Jayawardene as coach of Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians.
“Full-time coaching roles for me are something that we need to work through and talk about. With that role, you’re probably on the road for six or seven months of the year and I’ve done that for 20 years,” the 41-year-old said.
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