Saturday, 16 March 2013

Ricky Ponting to be first international player to play in Caribbean T20 league

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been selected to take part in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and will be the first international player to take part in a West Indies Twenty20 series.

Ponting, who retired from international cricket in December 2012, will be heading toward West Indies for the T20 tournament in late July, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Ponting, who will appear for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, said that the West Indies have always been one of his favourite cricket destinations, adding that the mix of entertainment and cricket in the Caribbean is the perfect recipe for West Indian cricket fans as well as the rest of the world.

According to report, Ponting, however, will not find out which of the six sides- Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia or Trinidad and Tobago- he will play for until the final selections in May.

The former captain will move on to English county side Surrey for the first two months of the county season after the IPL before heading to the Caribbean for the CPL, which is scheduled to take place from July 29 to August 26.

In 168 Tests, Ponting scored 13,378 Test runs, another 13,704 runs in 375 ODIs and 401 runs in 17 T20 internationals, the report added. (ANI)

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