As per the latest cricket updates, the former captain of Australia cricket team Ricky Ponting has been awarded country’s highest civil honour along with a host of sportspersons of international repute.
Ricky Ponting, who hit a superb double hundred against the touring team India on the 2nd day of the 4th test match, has been appointed an officer (AO) in the general division of the Order of Australia for notable service to the field of cricket in the past few years, while to the society through the concern of the Ponting Foundation.
Earlier in 2008, Ricky Ponting and his wife Rianna has made this organization to help the cancer patients.
Ricky PontingPonting, with two centuries in his past three Test matches, said he was humbled to have been awarded an Order of Australia honour.
While talking to media, Ricky Ponting said, “In every way, this honour is also for my wife Rianna who has been with me for the significant part of my cricket career and above all, has been the driver for all our charity work.”
Further, he said, “We are very proud of what the Ponting Foundation is doing to help young Australians and their families beat cancer. From the very first time we walked into the cancer ward at the Sydney Children’s Hospital almost a decade ago, we have been continually inspired by the courage and determination shown by young cancer sufferers.”
Rugby players Stirling Mortlock and George Smith, teenage sailor Jessica Watson and bowls great Steve Glasson are the other player also named as Officers of the Order of Australia for their services to the sport.