Jacob Oram could pull out of IPLMarch 31st, 2009 - 6:53 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, March 31 (IANS) Injured New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram will pull out of Indian Premier League (IPL) if he fails to complete the State Championship final.
Oram aggravated his Achilles tendon injury in Central District’s last match and after consulting New Zealand Cricket’s medical staff it was decided he should aim to return for the five-day final against Auckland, starting April 6.
Though word is around that Oram is saving himself for the cash-rich IPL.
“I can understand people thinking I am cotton-woolling myself but I’ll definitely take myself out of the IPL if I don’t get through the final,” Oram was quoted as saying in the Dominion Post.
“I’m pretty confident I will make the final and I won’t be tiptoeing through five days of cricket. I’m going to hit it hard, and deep down I think I’ll be okay.”
Oram has a USD675,000 contract with the Chennai Super Kings.
Oram bowled 25 overs in the first innings of Central’s last match against Canterbury but was unable to bowl in the second innings because of pain in his Achilles.
“I was testing myself to see if I could get up to speed for the Napier Test, but clearly I wasn’t ready.”
“The injury is back again but it’s not a train smash, I’m not back to square one but it’s a setback. It’s more like two steps forward, one step back.”
Oram is hurting more than just physically. He says the IPL, which starts April 18, and the Twenty20 World Cup in England in June, are potentially career high-points that he desperately wants to be involved in.
“I am worried about the IPL and I’m worried about the Twenty20 World Cup.
“The next two to three months are massive for me. I want to be part of both of those.
“Watching the guys play the first two Tests against India has been tough. It’s very hard, emotional at times. Believe me I want to get back more than anyone realises.”
“I bowled in the nets in Hamilton before the first test against India and it felt really good. I’m not prepared to stop yet.”
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