Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said Justin Langer’s resignation is “a sad day for Australian cricket” and labeled Cricket Australia’s handling of it as “embarrassing”.
Langer’s resignation was announced by his management company, DSEG, on Saturday morning after a meeting with Cricket Australia on Friday night.
Ponting, who describes his relationship with Langer as “like brothers”, is also managed by DSEG, as is former Australia captain Tim Paine. He expressed his views on ABC radio shortly after the resignation was announced and criticised CA for the manner of their handling this issue.
Sad day for Australian cricket – Ponting on Langer’s resignation
“It is a really sad day as far as Australian cricket is concerned and if you look back it has been a really poor six months on the whole in the way that Cricket Australia has handled some of the better people in the Australian cricket – Justin Langer and Tim Paine – and I think it’s been almost embarrassing the way they have handled those two cases,” Ponting said.
“He mustn’t have had the full backing of the board. Me knowing Justin the way that I do, he was very keen to continue in the role, as he should have been after what’s been the best coaching period of his international career having just won the T20 World Cup and then the 4-0 result in the Ashes.
“It seems like a very strange time for a coach to be departing. Reading the tea leaves it sounds like a few – and as he [Langer] says to me a small group in the playing group and a couple of other staff around the team – haven’t entirely loved the way he has gone about it.
“That’s been enough to force a man who has put his life and heart and soul into Australian cricket and done a sensational job at turning around the culture and the way the Australian team has been looked at in the last few years to push him out of the job.”