Ponting in his last week as Oz skipper!

Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 13:58 [IST]
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Sydney, Mar 22: Australian Skipper Ricky Ponting's trouble doesn't seem to end anytime soon or if reports are to be believed they may well be heading for a permanent solution. Reports from Down Under suggest that Cricket Australia is giving a serious thought to remove Ponting from the captain's post and only retain him as a player. If those reports are to be believed then Ponting might very well in the final week of his Cricket Australia captaincy career.

Ponting in his last week as Oz skipper!

Australian Newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald, has quoted an anonymous source from Cricket Australia as saying, "We need to be looking at the future. It's time for us to make a change...We're waiting for the next thing to blow up. We don't go a game without there being some issues with him."

Cricket Australia bosses are apparently miffed at the TV-smashing episode of the ongoing Cricket World Cup, where Ponting was alleged to have thrown his cricketing gear and smashed a LCD Screen in the team's first game.

Ponting's form has also hit a rock-bottom and hasn't scored a century in nearly a year. And to compound the matter his stocks have fallen after becoming the first Australian captain to lose three Ashes Series.

Australia are next slated to tour Bangaldesh in April and it would take nothing less than a World Cup title triumph for Ponting to assuage the anger among the bosses and cling on to captaincy.

If Ponting is indeed given the boot, then his deputy Michael Clark is most likely to suceed him. And given his return to form and connectivity with the youth of Australia, instating him as the skipper of the side can do a world of good to commercial aspects of CA's interests.

OneIndia Cricket

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