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

Updated: Feb 25, 2012, 12:02 PM IST

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.