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Ricky Ponting Appointed Head Coach of Washington Freedom in MLC

Ricky Ponting, who used to be captain of Australia, has hired as the head coach of the Washington Freedom for the second season of Major League Cricket (MLC) in the United States. Greg Shipperd, who is the coach of the Sydney Sixers and has been his guide for a long time, will step down. Shipperd led Freedom to a third-place finish in the first season.

Ponting’s Enthusiasm

Ricky Ponting stated, “I’m extremely excited to be joining the Washington Freedom in 2024.” “I’m excited to join Major League Cricket as US cricket grows. I’ve been impressed by everyone at Washington Freedom, and while it’s weird to replace my friend Greg Shipperd, who better to build a great franchise? As the season approaches, I’ll build on his efforts.”

Shipperd left to work on the Australian local teams Cricket New South Wales Blues and Sixers.

Ponting coaches Delhi Capitals in the IPL and has previously coached Mumbai Indians and the Australian men’s squad. He’ll coach Freedom for two years.

Ponting coaches Delhi Capitals

Ponting’s Influence

Klinger highlighted, “Ricky was one of the most recognized and revered cricketers globally during his playing days and now stands as one of the most respected and sought-after coaches on the international stage. His appointment marks a major victory for Washington Freedom, Cricket NSW, Major League Cricket, and the broader North American cricket community.

“Players are eager to join Ricky’s team. His keen eye for talent and exceptional ability to maximize player potential are unparalleled. Ricky will collaborate with some of our CNSW coaches and players within the Washington Freedom setup. As we aim to build upon the success of MLC’s inaugural season.”

Govil reflected on the success of MLC’s inaugural season and expressed the ambition to further enhance cricket in the USA, stating, “We are ready to expand upon the groundwork established last year.

Our journey captivated the cricket-passionate local community, highlighting the emerging talent within the US and fostering a deep passion for the sport. Looking ahead, it’s evident that our aspirations demand a leader of unparalleled stature and expertise.”

Klinger highlighted

With great pride and expectation, we welcome Ricky Ponting as our head coach. Ricky’s outstanding leadership, winning mindset, and talent development match our goals. He shares our goal of raising the sport’s visibility in the US and developing local talent.

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