Australian Noffke mulls joining IPL, ICL

September 20th, 2008 - 3:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Sep 20 (IANS) After being left out for the India tour, Australian medium pacer Ashley Noffke is peeved with the selectors and is contemplating to join the T20 Indian Premier league (IPL) or even the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).The 31-year-old Noffke had an outstanding 2007-08 season for Queensland. He topped the Australian first-class wicket-takers list with 51 wickets and scored 741 runs at 46.31. But inexperienced Victorian paceman Peter Siddle was preferred to Noffke for the India tour. Siddle was also impressive with his 33 wickets.

“I have told Digger (national selection chairman Andrew Hilditch) that I am totally disillusioned with the way these selections work. Digger said they had picked the best squad for Indian conditions, but that explanation didn’t leave me feeling any better,” Noffke was quoted as saying by Herald Sun.

Noffke, who is currently touring India with the Australia A squad, cannot understand his omission and is now reviewing his commitment to Australian cricket. He is now eyeing the lucrative Twenty20 leagues and the rebel ICL is also in his mind.

“I am a firm believer in taking wickets and scoring runs to put my name forward and I’ve done that. This feels like the end of my dreams of playing for Australia. I have to now start to think about where I am placed and how much money I can earn to look after my family.

“There is the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the ICL and they are on my mind. Absolutely. I am totally bemused to be passed over this quickly, apparently because they don’t feel I will suit Indian conditions,” he added.

“I took 4-39 in India this week (against India A in Hyderabad) and I’ve always bowled well at the SCG and MCG which are probably the Australian pitches which are most like Indian pitches.”

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