A few days ago, former Australian cricketer, Ricky Ponting was appointed as the Head of Strategy at Hobart Hurricanes. The Big Bash League team is searching for its first title and hence, to plot the way forward, they have got one of their illustrious former players in an important role. In this article, we take a look as Ricky Ponting hints at whom he could appoint as the next coach of Hobart Hurricanes.
The next coach of Hobart Hurricanes
Adam Griffith stepped down as the Head Coach of Hobart Hurricanes and hence, one of the first moves Ricky Ponting will be to appoint a new coach. While at a press conference in Hobart, Ponting suggested that Justin Langer, the former Australia coach, will be one of the considerations.
Ponting said, “He definitely wants to coach again. I think he’s got a bit more thinking to do as far as a commitment like this is concerned through the summer, but every chat I’ve had with him so far, he wants to coach again.”
Langer won the 2021 T20 World Cup with Australia as the Head Coach. Hence, he has got the formula. Speaking about Langer, Ponting added, “He’s probably the one that I’ve spoken to the most about it so far. We’ve been having a bit of dialogue through the last probably six or seven months, to be honest.”
The former Aussie skipper continued, “Nothing’s finalized with Justin yet. But I’ll stay on him because I’ve got a pretty good understanding and feeling of what we need down here at the Hurricanes as far as that head coaching position is concerned.”
Tim Paine could also get a role
Tim Paine stepped down as the captain of the Test Team under controversial circumstances at the end of last year. He is one of the legends from Tasmania. Regarding the former Australian Test skipper, Ponting said, “I’ll talk to a few of the other people around about what I’d like to be able to achieve with the Hurricanes, [and that] is to bring as many great Tasmanian people back around the franchise as possible, and I think Tim Paine fits perfectly into that mould.”
Hobart has a good core of players comprising the likes of Matthew Wade and Tim David. They will need to make a few good overseas signings to have a stronger squad. The new coach will have a big role to play in it.