Gillespie announces retirement, to join ICL

February 29th, 2008 - 6:25 pm ICT by admin  

Adelaide, Feb 29 (IANS) Fast bowler Jason Gillespie Friday announced his retirement from first class Australian cricket to play in the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL). Gillispie called it a day during the lunch break of his team South Australia’s Pura Cup encounter with Queensland at the Adelaide Oval.

The retirement was on the expected lines as Gillespie was tipped to join the ICL. He was not able to formally make his intentions clear until after this match had started because he risked being made ineligible to play in his farewell match, as the ICL is not sanctioned by the Cricket Australia (CA).

“I’d finally like to put an end to the speculation and formally announce my retirement from first class cricket in Australia,” Gillespie was quoted as saying in the Australian media.

“It has always been important to me to end on my own terms.”

Gillespie said he had signed a three-year contract to play in the ICL and sighted the lesser workload as a key factor in his decision to play in India rather than continuing his first class career with South Australia.

Gillespie said he was unsure whether he would be able to fulfil his contract with English county side Glamorgan during the English summer this year.

Gillespie took 259 wickets in 71 Tests, averaging 26.08, making him Australia’s fifth-highest wicket-taker. His last Test was in April 2006 against Bangladesh. He also has the unique world record of being the only night watchman to have scored a double century.

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