'Stepping down from captaincy was hardest decision I've ever had to make,' says Ponting

London, Oct. 28 (ANI): Former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting has said that stepping down from the captaincy of the Australian team after last year's World Cup tournament in India, was the hardest decision he had to make as a cricketer.

Ponting made this comment during a conversation with cricket legend Ian Chappell.

"I thought long and hard about the decision I made about stepping down from the captaincy. I just felt it was the right time in terms of what we had coming up, as far as this series is concerned, as far as the India series next year and then the Ashes soon after," News.com.au quoted Ponting, as saying.

Ponting said he wanted to make the sure the next guy to replace him should be 'well ready and have plenty of experience'.

"I wanted to make sure that the next guy coming in had the appropriate amount of time to be well ready and have plenty of experience under his belt for those big series so it was the hardest decision I've ever had to make as a cricketer, to step down from the captaincy because it's something that I loved and something that I cherished every moment of," he said. (ANI)

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