Cricket Legend Ricky Ponting to Coach Washington Freedom USA Cricket team

Written on 02/05/2024
Asia91 Team

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been named the head coach of Washington Freedom for the upcoming season of Major League Cricket (MLC), marking a significant step towards popularizing the sport in the United States.


In a move that's set to electrify the cricketing landscape in the U.S., Ricky Ponting, one of cricket's greatest, has signed on as the head coach of Major League Cricket's Washington Freedom. The Australian icon is taking over from Greg Shipperd, aiming to push the team and the sport to new heights in a country traditionally dominated by baseball, basketball, and American football.


Details and Statistics:


  • Contract Terms: Ponting has inked a two-year deal with Washington Freedom, stepping in for the team's second season in MLC.
  • Previous Performance: Under Greg Shipperd's leadership, Washington Freedom secured a third-place finish in the inaugural six-team T20 tournament.
  • Ponting's Vision: "Cricket is really on the rise in the U.S., and I'm excited to contribute to the growth of Major League Cricket," Ponting shared, expressing his enthusiasm and commitment to developing the sport in the U.S.
  • Local and Global Impact: Sanjay Govil, the owner of Washington Freedom, highlighted Ponting's alignment with the team's mission to elevate cricket's status in the U.S. and nurture local talent.
  • IPL Influence: The league has attracted investments from four IPL franchises, indicating a growing interest and support for cricket in the U.S.


Ricky Ponting: "It's a bit surreal to replace my mate Greg Shipperd, but I'm here to build a successful franchise."


Sanjay Govil: "Ricky's appointment is a pivotal step in redefining MLC, offering unparalleled cricket experiences in the U.S."


With Ricky Ponting's appointment, Washington Freedom is gearing up for an ambitious journey in Major League Cricket next season. 


Ponting's legendary status, coaching prowess, and forward-thinking approach promise to not only raise the team's profile but also contribute significantly to cricket's burgeoning appeal in the U.S. 


As the sport continues to carve out its niche in the American sports market, Ponting's leadership could be a game-changer, blending international expertise with local talent development in pursuit of cricketing excellence on new shores.