Ricky Ponting appointed head coach of Washington Freedom

Washington Freedom have appointed former Australian captain and current Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting as their new head coach. This comes on the heels of Dhiraj Malhotra's appointment as franchise's first CEO as the pair revive their half a decade long working relationship yet again. Ponting replaces veteran Australian coach Greg Shipperd and will unite with one-time fierce rival Dale Steyn and countrymen Michael Klinger and Burt Cockley as part of the support staff.

"I'm extremely excited to be joining the Washington Freedom in 2024. Cricket is really on the rise in the US and I'm looking forward to being involved in Major League Cricket. I've been impressed by everyone involved at Washington Freedom, and, while it's a bit surreal to be replacing my mate Greg Shipperd, there's probably no one better to set up a successful franchise. I'm ready to build on his work as we look towards the coming season" said Ponting on his appointment.

"Reflecting on the success of MLC's inaugural season and the aspiration to elevate cricket in the USA, we are poised to build upon the foundations laid last year. Our journey saw us capture the imagination of the cricket-passionate local community, showcasing the burgeoning talent within the US and igniting a passion for the sport. As we look to the future, it's clear that our ambitions require a figure of unmatched stature and expertise" said Sanjay Govil, owner of the Washington Freedom.

"It is with immense pride and anticipation that we welcome Ricky Ponting as our head coach. Ricky's legendary status, characterized by his leadership, winning mindset, and commitment to nurturing talent, aligns perfectly with our goals. His understanding of our vision to enhance the sport's profile in the US and to develop local talent resonates with our mission" added Govil.