RICKY Ponting will receive a home-state tribute when Hobart hosts the first Test against Sri Lanka next week.
Cricket Tasmania yesterday confirmed that during the first day's lunch break at Bellerive Oval next Friday, Ponting would complete a lap of honour while a video presentation of his career was aired.
The former Test captain confirmed his retirement from international cricket before last week's match at the WACA, but said he would be available to play for the Hobart Hurricanes and Tasmanian Tigers.
Cricket Tasmania chairman Tony Harrison urged cricket enthusiasts to secure their tickets to witness this moment in history.
``It would be unTasmanian not to witness this,'' he said.
``Ricky has been the greatest batsman to play for Australia behind Bradman and that is an absolutely fantastic achievement.
``A tribute to his career at the home of Tasmanian cricket is something that we were always hoping to confirm. Ricky is an icon of our sport and an icon for Tasmanians wanting to play the game of cricket and for all cricket followers.''