Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting is expected to sign a multi-year deal with brand new cricket broadcast rights holder Channel Seven, who out-bid Channel Nine, the longstanding free-to-air destination for cricket earlier this year.
The 43-year-old has caught the attention of the cricket broadcast industry after his performance in the booth during the KFC Big Bash League coverage with Channel Ten as an expert commentator.
Channel Seven will look to bring Ponting on-board, who could be the first big-name signing for their cricket broadcast following the $1 billion deal that snagged the rights from Channel Nine for the first time in four decades.
Ponting’s new role will assumingly entail covering the Test cricket as well as the Big Bash League, with Seven broadcasting 73% of matches in the tournament.
Ponting is currently coaching the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League under a two-year deal and will be expected to resume his second year of the deal next season despite taking on the new media role.