IPL 2023: Extensive travel takes a toll on players, admits Ricky Ponting

IPL 2023: Extensive travel takes a toll on players, admits Ricky Ponting
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New Delhi: Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting is excited about IPL 2023 moving back to the regular home and away format after three seasons of Covid-19 disruption. But at the same time, he admitted that it will be hard on players with a lot of travel involved.

In IPL 2023, Delhi Capitals will be constantly on the move. In their schedule for the league stage, a pattern has emerged -- they play one match away, then one game at home and then travel for the next away game.

"It'll be harder on the players with much more travel in this IPL. But this is part and parcel of franchise cricket. I think more travelling makes the tournament more exciting. We'll get to play in a lot of different venues and in front of many different groups of fans," Ponting said in a media release issued by the franchise.

With no Rishabh Pant due to him recovering from his injuries post a serious car accident last year, David Warner, who led Sunrisers Hyderabad to IPL 2016 title, will be Delhi's skipper. Ponting stated that he would like to have Pant in some capacity in the season and expressed confidence in Warner's leadership skills.

"I have spoken to Rishabh a bit. We are hoping to get him involved this season. I'd love to have him at all our home games. Having him in our dugout or our change room will be very special. However, David Warner will do a great job. He has been a successful franchise cricket captain in the past. He's excited to lead the team as well," he said.

The Australian also spoke about working with former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is the director of cricket of the side.

"I have spoken to Sourav about the players we've got, possible line-ups, possible keepers and things like that. He has always got some good things to say to the players during training. It was a lot of fun to work with him in 2019 and we won a lot of games," said Ponting.

Delhi Capitals will open their IPL 2023 campaign against KL Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants on April 1 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.