Monday, September 7, 2009

Ponting retires from international T20

Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Monday announced his retirement from international Twenty20 cricket.
Ponting will remain as captain of the Australian Test and one-day sides but will step away from the international Twenty20 format in an effort to prolong his playing career.
Ponting said, "After much thought and careful consideration I have advised Cricket Australia of my decision to retire from international Twenty20 cricket."
"I have also spoken to Andrew Hilditch, Tim Nielsen and Michael Clarke and I feel this decision provides me the opportunity to prolong my Australian Test and one-day career, an opportunity I am extremely determined about.
"As I said after the fifth Test in London, I am hoping to continue playing Test cricket for as long as possible and retiring from the Twenty20 format gives me the best chance of doing this.
"I will now have set periods of rest throughout the Australian summer and while touring which I feel will be very beneficial.
"While I will no longer be available for Australian Twenty20 cricket, I look forward to playing with Tasmania's KFC Big Bash team where possible and to fulfilling my contract with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League."
Commenting on this, Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said, "We are very supportive of the decision Ricky has made and understanding of the reasons behind it.
"Needless to say he will be a huge loss to the Twenty20 side but it does present opportunities for the other players and leaders within Australian cricket to gain further experience.
"While we have not seen much of Ricky in Australia's Twenty20 matches in recent times, his innings in the first ever Twenty20 International against New Zealand at Auckland was probably the best innings I have ever seen in the Twenty20 form of the game."
Under Cricket Australia’s governance, the formality of announcement of a replacement captain requires CA Board approval.

The CA National Selection Panel (NSP) will make a recommendation for board consideration at the next CA Board meeting, due to be held next month (October 2009).

Australia is not due to play international Twenty20 cricket again until the summer of 2009-10.x
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