Ponting indicates towards independent commission

Sydney: Though he was not forthright, veteran batsman Ricky Ponting on Friday gave enough indications that he endorses an independent commission to run cricket in Australia.

The former and acting captain claimed that the Argus review, which shook up cricket at the top level in Australia, has revitalised the national side.

Ponting has hinted that the Crawford-Carter report could do the same to Cricket Australia`s governance.

"I think all of us as players are really keen to see what comes of it all. Our playing review has been made very public and everything that came out of the Argus review has been printed and in the papers.

"As a playing group we`re really keen to see what comes of the governance review in Cricket Australia," Ponting was quoted as saying by the `Daily Telegraph`.

Ponting`s take comes a day after former captain Mark Taylor`s observation where he supported the Crawford-Carter report`s recommendations.

"I`ve read some stuff in the papers with Mark Taylor having a say to what`s happening around Cricket Australia."

Praising the Argus review and its impact, which saw a new coach and selection panel and the appointment of Pat Howard as team performance manager, Ponting said, "I just think a whole freshening of everything has probably been the major reason that things have turned around the way they have."

"It`s just been a really refreshing feel I guess right through cricket in Australia, not just around the national team either but everything.

"All the issues that were brought up in the Argus review have been addressed and some of the appointments that have been made, it certainly looks like we`ve got cricket in Australia heading in the right direction.

He said everything has been positive over the past few months.

"I think everything that`s happened in the last six months has been ultra-positive for Australian cricket."


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