Ponting To Retire From All Cricket In October
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has announced he will retire from all cricket following the Champions League Twenty20 in October.
He retired from international cricket late last year but will continue to play for Surrey in England's domestic season until July, take part in the Caribbean Premier League and then travel to India with the Mumbai Indians for the Champions League.
Ponting, one of the best batsmen of his generation, retired from international cricket with 13,366 Test runs and 13,704 ODI runs, was a triple World Cup winner and captained his country between 2002 and 2011.
His first-class career has so far garnered him 23,952 runs with 81 centuries at an average of 55.57 in 288 matches while in one-day cricket, he has played 456 matches, scoring 16,353 runs at 41.74.
He joined Surrey earlier this year as a short-term replacement for Graeme Smith, although Smith's subsequent ankle injury led to Ponting playing a larger part in the London club's season than originally planned.
Now, however, the end is in sight for the 38-year-old.
"While I'm enjoying my cricket as much as ever, it just feels like the right time to finish playing," he said.
"My body and mind are in great shape and I know I'm going to really enjoy these last few months before the next stage of life begins."
Ponting made his first-class debut back in 1992 for Tasmania, also representing Somerset, Kolkata Knight Riders and Hobart Hurricanes during a long and distringuished career.
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