Melbourne, Nov 27: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who has been struggling for runs, will have a chance to extend his international career as he was named captain of Prime Minister's XI to face the touring West Indies in Canberra in January, 2013.
In a Cricket Australia media release on Tuesday it stated that Minister for Sport Kate Lundy, and Cricket ACT Chairman Ian McNamee, officially launched the Prime Minister's XI match and announced Ponting will captain the team.
The match will be played against the West Indies on Tuesday 29 January at Manuka Oval, Canberra.
Ricky Ponting is thrilled about the opportunity to captain the Prime Minister's XI.
"It's a big honour for me to be selected as captain of the Prime Minister's XI."
"It will be an exciting team of emerging cricketers and I'm looking forward to leading them against the West Indies on January 29."
As for the rest of the team, that will be selected by Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel (NSP) with input from Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and will be announced in January.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said he was looking forward to the Prime Minister's XI fixture, which will be played under lights in Canberra for the first time.
"This will be the first match ever played under lights at Manuka Oval, and it is always an important day on the Australian cricketing calendar, so we encourage cricket fans from the ACT and surrounding regions to come along and get behind it."
Cricket ACT Chairman Ian McNamee knows that Canberra cricket fans will support the match.
"Cricket ACT looks forward to hosting an historic PM's XI match against the ICC World Twenty20 champions the West Indies."
"I urge all ACT and regional cricket fans to avoid disappointment by securing their tickets now to be part of a match played under lights at Manuka Oval, featuring world class players such as Ricky Ponting, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels."