David Richardson, the chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday lavished praise on Australia's Ricky Ponting, considered to be one of the legends of Australian cricket and his contribution to the game, according to a release.
Ricky Ponting represented Australia in 168 Tests and retired from international cricket after the Perth Test, as ICC's chief executive David Richardson, hailed the batting legend saying that "His contribution to the international game has been immense and quite rightly he will be remembered as one of the true legends of the sport," in a release.
Richardson also added that the former Aussie captain, was the most successful captain having featured in 108 Test victories, the most by any cricketer.
"He was the most successful captain in the history of Test cricket and was the first player to feature in 108 Test match victories. He also steered Australia to two ICC Cricket World Cup triumphs - as well as playing in a third - during which time they set a record of 34 consecutive victories - yet another record. He was also captain for two successful ICC Champions Trophy campaigns," Richardson stated.
ICC congratulated and wished Ricky Ponting who has served Cricket Australia for a period of 17 years and expected him to be involved with the development of the game beyond the cricket field as well.
"Ricky was a team man but along the way collected many personal accolades and is the only player to have won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year at the LG ICC Awards for two years in succession (2006 and 2007). We wish him well in the next stage of his career and look forward to his ongoing involvement in the game beyond the boundary," Richardson added.