Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting has ripped into the West Indies following their early exit from the T20 World Cup, labeling the side’s performance a “disgrace”.
The West Indies failed to qualify for the Super 12 stage of the tournament after suffering heavy defeats to Scotland and Ireland in Hobart this week.
Ponting — the three-time ODI World Cup champion — didn’t hold back on Saturday in an interview with reporters ahead of Australia’s T20 opener against New Zealand at the SCG.
“It’s a disgrace as far as I’m concerned. It’s so bad for their cricket,” Ponting said.
“I think their president has already been out today talking about just how unacceptable it is.
“They’ve got too much talent in that team and in the West Indies cricket not to make it through to the next stage of a World Cup.
“Even one of their main players not making it to the fight to get over here for a World Cup sort of sums up probably these events mean to the West Indies players.
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“And if you looked at the way they played, you’d probably say the same thing. (Nicholas) Pooran and these guys, they’re much better players then what we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks.
“So no doubt there’ll be some soul-searching done when they get back, and I reckon the next series they play there will be a lot of different faces in their side because the guys they’re going with now are certainly not getting the job done.”
Ponting said he held out hope the West Indies could produce fast bowlers to rival the greats of the 20th century but feared for their short-term future, including the upcoming Australian summer where they will play two Tests Down Under.
“I was anyway (concerned), to be honest,” he said. “I didn’t need to see that to make me more worried about the first couple of Test matches.
“Interestingly, mainly at home, but they’ve actually found a way to be reasonably competitive on the Test front with (Kraigg) Braithwaite and (Jason) Holder’s done a really good job and looks like a good leader.
“But they’re going to have to find a few lengths if they’re going to compete against the Aussies. The current group that the Australians have got, if you line them up on paper there’s no way that they can compete, cricket’s a funny game. But they’re going to have to play out of their skins to make even the first two Tests entertaining.”
The West Indies will face Australia in a two-match Test series this summer, with the first fixture scheduled to get underway at Perth Stadium on November 30.
“They’re going to have to find a few lengths if they’re going to compete against the Aussies,” Ponting said.
“The current group that the Australians have got, if you line them up on paper there’s no way that they can compete, cricket’s a funny game. But they’re going to have to play out of their skins to make even the first two Tests entertaining.” Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting concluded