Ricky Ponting Named as Coach of Washington Freedom in Major League Cricket


Former Australian cricket captain signs two-year deal

Vishal Singh Feb. 7, 2024

Ponting as Coach -

Ricky Ponting has joined the Washington Freedom as coach, becoming the most prominent signing in the US Major League Cricket's short history. The superstar former Australian captain has signed a two-year contract to replace Greg Shipperd for the T20 competition's second season.

Shipperd has stepped down to concentrate on his role as coach of the Sydney Sixers and men's state teams at Cricket NSW (New South Wales). Ponting, who currently coaches the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League and is a popular media pundit, confirmed last week that he was in talks to join Washington but he needs to clarify his thoughts on whether he is willing to coach or not. He was introduced as head coach on Wednesday morning.

Ponting said-

Cricket is really on the rise in the US
~Ponting said.
I’ve been impressed by everyone involved at Washington Freedom and, while it’s a bit surreal to replace my mate Greg Shipperd, there’s probably no one better to set up a successful franchise.
I’m ready to build on his work as we approach the coming season
Washington Freedom owner Sanjay Govil said Ponting’s appointment would help build the league.
As we look to the future, it’s clear that our ambitions require a figure of unmatched stature and expertise
~he said.
Ricky’s legendary status, characterized by his leadership, winning mindset, and commitment to nurturing talent, aligns perfectly with our goals.
His understanding of our vision—to enhance the sport’s profile in the US and to develop local talent—resonates with our mission.
Ricky’s appointment is a pivotal step in our quest to not just participate in the MLC but to redefine it, offering unparalleled cricket experiences to our fans and creating a legacy of excellence in American cricket

He has coached different teams -

Ricky Ponting

Ponting previously coached the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and has worked in Australia, most recently as an assistant to former head coach Justin Langer.

He takes over a Washington team that finished third in the inaugural MLC last year but was knocked out in the playoffs by eventual champions MI New York.

Adam Zampa, Moises Henriques, and Aaron Finch were among the Australians who competed in the first season, during which four of the six teams received significant financial support from IPL franchises.

The second MLC begins just days after the T20 World Cup final, which takes place in the United States and the Caribbean in June.