Australian legend Ricky Ponting in active talks to coach Washington Freedom in second edition of MLC

The second edition of MLC is slated to get underway just four days after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Ricky Ponting | GettyFormer Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has confirmed that he is in active talks to coach the Washington Freedom side in the second edition of the Major League Cricket (MLC) in the USA.

In the first season, Washington Freedom finished at the third position after losing to MI New York by 16 runs in the Eliminator. They were coached by Greg Shipperd in the inaugural edition.

"We're not there yet, I haven't committed to anything just yet. There have been some discussions. I haven’t committed to anything just yet but I’ve had some initial chats. The time of the year (when the MLC is on) fits in for me," said Ponting to SEN Radio.

The second edition of MLC is slated to get underway just four days after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 final, scheduled for June 30 at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Before that, Ponting will be coaching Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2024 season. He is not yet locked in to perform commentary duties during the upcoming T20 World Cup.

"I’ve got a few weeks now before the IPL which rolls into the T20 World Cup and the MLC is immediately after the World Cup. It’s potentially another big year of time away if I want it. There’s just some stuff that I have to work through. If I'm actually going to be commentating the T20 World Cup or not and if I'm not doing that, where does MLC fit in?" he added.

Besides Delhi Capitals, Ponting had previously served as the head coach of Mumbai Indians in the IPL and an assistant coach of the Australian team.

"I like the coaching side of things and I’ve enjoyed my time at the IPL in the past six to seven years. I’ve been able to help around the Australian team on a couple of tours when Justin Langer was coach.

“The game is in my blood and I love working with the best players in the world and trying to find a way to make them a bit better. All in the hope that we can win some games along the way," he concluded.

(With IANS Inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 01 Feb, 2024

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