The kind of relationship Ricky Ponting shared with the Mumbai Indians management, and the success he had in his two-year coaching stint with the Indian Premier League franchisee, it has be something really lucrative or prestigious to lure him away from the Mumbai team.
A tweet by his former teammate, Damien Martyn, has hinted that Ponting may be in line for a high-profile role in Australian cricket, which is going through one of its worst slumps.
“One of @CricketAus greats is no longer coaching the @mipaltan IPL side. Could a big announcement be coming,” Martyn tweeted with a mug shot of Ponting wearing Baggy Green.
Chairman of selectors Rodney Marsh had to resign after the Australian team lost the first Test matches at home against South Africa.
Of the troubles of Australia, Ponting, who is a leading candidate to succeed Marsh, believes cricket is suffering a brain drain in Australia. Rather than coaching at state level or helping the national team, Ponting currently commentates on TV and radio as do former Test luminaries such as Mark Taylor, Shane Warne, Ian Healy, Michael Clarke and Michael Slater.
“Cricket Australia know this. If you look through the greats of the game, how many of those guys are actually back inside the system coaching somewhere,” said Ponting.
“They’re not. They’re all sitting back behind a microphone commentating because they get paid more and it’s less intrusive time-wise.
“I think it’s something that needs to be looked at.”
Ponting had helped Mumbai Indians emerge champions in the 2015 edition of the IPL. Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed coach of MI in Ponting’s place.