Rebel Stuart Law says he is being treated unfairlyJanuary 30th, 2009 - 2:56 pm ICT by ANI
Brisbane, Jan.30 (ANI): Former Australia batsman Stuart Law is angry at being treated like a cricket “leper” in Australia after his links with a rebel Indian Cricket League stopped him landing a prized coaching post.
The man who led Queensland to their first four Sheffield Shield titles was offered the position of Australian Centre of Excellence batting coach on the condition he severs his ties with the Indian Cricket League.
Law plays for ICL team Chennai Superstars, whose players are banned from mainstream cricket in most countries because, unlike the Indian Premier League, their competition is not sanctioned by the ICC.
Law, staying faithful to his ICL contract, has reluctantly rejected the Cricket Australia coaching offer, reports Fox Sports. Former South Australia batsman David Fitzgerald has been appointed instead.
Law’’s chances were also hindered by the fact the COE wanted Law on a full-time basis and would not have been prepared to release him for several months a year to play cricket - legal or not.
But like fellow ICL rebel Jason Gillespie, who has been rejected for a part-time COE role, the main problem was his link to the Indian league.
“I have been retired from first-class cricket in Australia since 2004,” said Law, 40, whose 365-match first-class career appears over after he recently split with Lancashire.
“I was initially told the ICL should not be a problem, but when I was offered the job I was told I had to sever all ties with India.
“I can”t see what the problem is. If the ICL was pinching young players like Alister McDermott to play then I could understand Cricket Australia getting upset about it. But guys who haven”t played Shield cricket for a number of years … what’’s the problem? The International Cricket Council are trying to sort this out and the ICL is happy to talk but the IPL are making us lepers in the community,” said Law. (ANI)
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