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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Warne calls for Ponting to be banned from IPL


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Shane Warne has had his run-ins with Ricky Ponting in the past and now he has called for his former captain to be banned from the IPL.

In an interview with the Mumbai Mirror, Warne was asked whether it was fair for Ponting to be allowed to coach the Delhi Daredevils while joining Justin Langer's staff for Australia's World Cup campaign.

The spin king compared it to Indian coach Ravi Shastri being forbidden from being involved in the IPL, but admitted that he didn't have an issue with Ponting getting to coach Delhi's international stars.

"Look, Virat Kohli is the captain of a team and Rohit Sharma is the captain of another side. They will have players from other countries who are bound for the World Cup. So that does not bother me," Warne said.

Ravi Shastri

"But on the first point, (and) this is not for me to say, but if the BCCI decides Ravi Shastri cannot be part of the IPL, then I don’t see how Ricky can be."

Warne's controversial comments come after he ripped Ponting's decision to bowl first in the second Test of the 2005 Ashes series in his book No Spin.

"I rate it as the worst decision made by a captain I played under," he wrote.

"It was based on arrogance about the opposition and our own supposed invincibility, not the cricketing facts."

Ponting was confirmed as Justin Langer's assistant for the World Cup last week, 24 hours after bowling coach David Saker resigned from his position.

Shane Warne has had his run-ins with Ricky Ponting in the past and now he has called for his former captain to be banned from the IPL.

In an interview with the Mumbai Mirror, Warne was asked whether it was fair for Ponting to be allowed to coach the Delhi Daredevils while joining Justin Langer's staff for Australia's World Cup campaign.

The spin king compared it to Indian coach Ravi Shastri being forbidden from being involved in the IPL, but admitted that he didn't have an issue with Ponting getting to coach Delhi's international stars.

"Look, Virat Kohli is the captain of a team and Rohit Sharma is the captain of another side. They will have players from other countries who are bound for the World Cup. So that does not bother me," Warne said.

Ravi Shastri

"But on the first point, (and) this is not for me to say, but if the BCCI decides Ravi Shastri cannot be part of the IPL, then I don’t see how Ricky can be."

Warne's controversial comments come after he ripped Ponting's decision to bowl first in the second Test of the 2005 Ashes series in his book No Spin.

"I rate it as the worst decision made by a captain I played under," he wrote.

"It was based on arrogance about the opposition and our own supposed invincibility, not the cricketing facts."

Ponting was confirmed as Justin Langer's assistant for the World Cup last week, 24 hours after bowling coach David Saker resigned from his position.

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