Pontings son urged him to take up India offer

Pontings son urged him to take up India offer: Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting recently revealed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) approached him to become the head coach of the Indian cricket team. However, the Australian cricket legend turned down the offer, citing lifestyle considerations.

Pontings son urged him to take up India offer

Ponting, who is currently working as the head coach of the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), explained that while he would love to be a senior coach of a national team, the role would require significant time commitment. As a national head coach, the job spans 10 to 11 months of the year, which doesn’t align with his current lifestyle and other commitments.

In an interview with the International Cricket Council (ICC), Ponting stated, “I’d love to be a senior coach of a national team, but with the other things that I have in my life and wanting to have a bit of time at home… everyone knows if you take a job working with the Indian team you can’t be involved in an IPL team, so it would take that out of it as well.”

The BCCI has been on the lookout for a new coach to replace Rahul Dravid, whose contract ends after the upcoming T20 World Cup in the USA and the Caribbean. Dravid’s contract had initially concluded after last year’s Cricket World Cup, hosted by India. However, he and his coaching staff received an extension until the T20 World Cup.

Ponting also mentioned other names that have been thrown around as potential candidates for the role. These include former Australian cricketer Justin Langer and former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming. However, Ponting believes it would be unlikely for him to take up the position due to the reasons he outlined.

Pontings son urged him to take up India offer

Interestingly, Ponting’s son, Fletcher, encouraged him to accept the Indian coaching job. When Ponting discussed the offer with his son, Fletcher expressed enthusiasm about moving to India for the next couple of years.