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CA chief Sutherland defends Ponting over ‘self-indulgence’ accusations

Sydney: Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has defended Ricky Ponting over claims that he behaved in a self-indulgent manner after getting axed from the Australian one-day squad.

Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson had termed Ponting’s press conference to talk about the enforced end to his ODI career as ‘one of the most self-indulgent little pieces of self-interest I`ve seen for a long time’.

Sutherland refuted Lawson’s remarks by expressing his bewilderment at ‘people who have made [negative] comment in the past few days about Ricky`s press conference, saying that it was self-indulgent’.

“He was asked a question in there about ``Well, have you come to announce you`re playing on?`` and I thought he answered it beautifully,” a daily quoted Sutherland, as saying.

“He [Ponting] basically said ``Well, there`s been this speculation and I feel that the fans deserve to know` . . . there`s nothing self-indulgent about that. It`s actually delivering the facts and telling people what has gone through his mind in arriving at that decision. The fans deserve that, and he obviously did as well,” he added.

ANI

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