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Ponting’s media wish

Ricky Ponting, with daughters Emmy (left) and Matisse, waves to the crowd during a farewell parade in Hobart, on Friday. (AFP)

Calcutta: Ricky Ponting has always been a busy cricketer. No wonder then that the former captain would not like to sit idle even though he has retired from international cricket.

Ponting, who on Friday was given a farewell at his home ground, Bellerive Oval, in Hobart, where Australia are playing Sri Lanka in the first Test of the series, has hinted about his future plans.

Ponting has said that he would like to work in the media, insisting that his CV shows that he is the man for the job. “I’d like to work in the media at some stage or at some time in some way, shape or form,” Ponting was quoted as saying by the Australian.

“Just being around cricket for as long as I have been and being a part of successful teams, I think I’ve got a pretty good knowledge of the game and I’m pretty insightful on the game,” he added.

Ponting, who called time on his international career late last month, before the third Test against South Africa, in Perth, hopped aboard a ute with the words ‘Farewell Ricky’ emblazoned on it for a lap of the ground.

He was accompanied by his two daughters and received standing ovations from all sections of the crowd, including the Australian and Sri Lankan teams.

There was also a guard of honour from his Launceston-based Mowbray Cricket Club comrades before Ponting, who turns 38 next week, thanked Tasmanians for their support.

The send-off at his home ground would have been much bigger on Day II of the Australia-Sri Lanka Test, when organisers wanted to hold it. But this was typical Ricky Ponting as he prioritised cricket, like he had done throughout his career. Ponting was off to Melbourne to prepare for the Big Bash League showdown between his Hobart Hurricanes and the Stars.

“I generally get a little bit embarrassed when people start talking about me and even having a whole lunch break in a Test match dedicated to me today is a little more than I probably would have expected,” the humble Ponting said.