Network Ten is proud to announce that one of the most successful cricketers of all time, Ricky Ponting AO, is joining TEN’s KFC T20 Big Bash League commentary team.
The former Australian Test and One Day cricket captain will embark on his new role with TEN after he retires from the game in October.
Ricky’s accomplishments are long and varied, and his distinguished cricket career boasts a multitude of achievements.
Having made his One Day International and Test debut at just 20 years of age, Ricky captained the Australian Cricket Team from 2004 until 2011.
The most successful Australian captain of all time, with 48 victories in 77 tests, Ricky is also the second highest run-scorer in Test history, Australia’s leading run-scorer in Test and One Day International cricket, and has scored the most international centuries by an Australian batsman.
In addition to Ricky’s extraordinary cricketing achievements, he and his wife Rianna have raised more than $10 million since 2002 to help Australians and their families beat cancer. In 2008 they established the Ponting Foundation to provide focus to their fundraising efforts.
Network Ten Chief Executive Officer, Hamish McLennan, said: “We are honoured that Ricky has agreed to join our new cricket commentary team.
“We are committed to making the KFC T20 Big Bash League a major television event for Ten and Cricket Australia. That is why we have recruited one of Australia’s most successful and respected cricketers of all time.”
Ricky Ponting said: “I’m very excited to be joining Network Ten and being part of their commentary team this summer. I can’t wait for it all to start in December.”
Network Ten Head of Sport, David Barham, added: “I have long admired Ricky’s remarkable contribution to our country through cricket. His sportsmanship, professionalism, leadership and reputation are second to none.
“We are thrilled to have Ricky join our KFC T20 Big Bash League commentary team.”
The KFC T20 Big Bash League will be broadcast live on TEN from December 2013.