Ponting joins Hurricanes as BBL strategist

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Cricket great Ricky Ponting is joining the Hobart Hurricanes as head of strategy for the BBL franchise.

Ponting, regarded as one of cricket's most astute minds, has signed a three-year deal with the Hurricanes.

The former Australian Test captain's immediate task is spearheading the Hurricanes' search for a new coach after the departure of Adam Griffiths.

"I'm passionate about the progression of Tasmanian and Australian cricket across all forms of the game so to be asked to take on such a critical role for the Hurricanes is really special," Ponting said in a statement on Thursday.

"I'm looking forward to getting to work and securing the best coach for what we need then building a plan for the team to execute next season.

"With a few tweaks in a couple of key areas, I believe the Hurricanes have the foundations to win our first BBL trophy."

Ponting has been one of the most-sought after identities in world cricket, holding specialist coaching roles with the Australian team.

He has also had successful coaching stints in the Indian Premier League with the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils/Capitals.

Cricket Tasmania had long coveted Ponting's return to the state in some form.

"To be honest, I think Ricky probably just said 'yes' as he was sick of me hassling him to come and join us," Cricket Tasmania's chief executive officer Dominic Baker said.

"Really, it is such a win for not only the Hurricanes and Tasmanian cricket, but for the (Big Bash) League itself.

"In my mind, Ricky is undoubtedly the best T20 strategist in the world.

"And as a proud Tasmanian, we are thrilled to have him overseeing the direction of Tasmania's team for at least the next three seasons."

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