MacGill wants to play in IPL

December 26th, 2011 - 5:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Dec 26 (IANS) Former Australian spinner Stuart MacGill has nominated himself for the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction in February, following his return to Twenty20 cricket after eight years.

MacGill, 40, is playing for Sydney Sixers in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) and was impressive in the team’s opening match against Brisbane Heat.

MacGill said he made a comeback as he wanted to test his fitness and hoped that the IPL franchises will show interest in him during the auction.

“I really don’t want to get too far ahead of myself here, but I am playing in the BBL because my kids thought I was getting old. I am proving to them that I can still cut it with the young blokes,” MacGill told reporters Monday.

MacGill said his decision to apply for IPL was made easier after he found his performance in the warm-up games at the Sydney University satisfactory.

“I just wanted to see if I could keep together physically and once I ticked that box I thought ‘hey, maybe it is worth my while’. Having played a couple of Twenty20 games now, I know I can do it. I don’t get too sore. I know I can run around enough. It is worth a go (IPL)”, said MacGill, who retired from all forms of cricket in 2008.

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