Ponting has signed a three-year contract to work in a part-time capacity for Hurricanes while continuing his role as a commentator for Channel Seven during the Australian summer, including on BBL games, as well as coaching Delhi Capitals in the IPL.
Ponting will also work with the appointed coach on list management decisions as well as team strategy and culture. But he will not have a day-to-day role with the team during the season and will remain in place as a commentator for Channel Seven.
Ponting played 8 matches for Hurricanes across the inaugural two seasons of the BBL, which were his last two seasons in professional cricket. They were the only matches he played in the BBL before retiring but he said he was thrilled to return to the club he still supports.
“The competition and the game itself have changed enormously from when I played for the Hurricanes back in BBL 01 and BBL 02, and I now know so much more about the nuances of the T20 game now than I did then,” Ponting said.
“I’m passionate about the progression of Tasmanian and Australian cricket across all forms of the game, so to be asked to take on such a critical role for the Hurricanes is really special.
“I’m looking forward to getting to work and securing the best coach for what we need, then building a plan for the team to execute next season.
“With a few tweaks in a couple of key areas, I believe the Hurricanes have the foundations to win our first BBL trophy.”
Cricket Tasmania CEO Dominic Baker said persistence paid off after pursuing Ponting relentlessly to come onboard.
“To be honest, I think Ricky probably just said ‘yes’ as he was sick of me hassling him to come and join us,” Baker said.
“But really, it is such a win for not only the Hurricanes and Tasmanian cricket, but for the League itself.
“In my mind, Ricky is undoubtedly the best T20 strategist in the world, and as a proud Tasmanian, we are thrilled to have him overseeing the direction of Tasmania’s team for at least the next three seasons.”
Ponting has not had an official off-field role in the BBL outside of his commentary work despite being one of the most sought-after coaches in the IPL. He has worked as a coaching consultant for Australia in limited-overs cricket under both Darren Lehmann and Langer. His last stint with the Australian men’s team was during the 2019 ODI World Cup.