Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist has been retained by the Kings XI Punjab side AFP

New Delhi: Nov 2, 2012

Former Australia cricketer Adam Gilchrist said that in all likelihood he would be playing in next year’s Indian Premier League, a day after Kings XI Punjab retained the wicket-keeper batsman in its initial squad for the 2013 edition of the event.

“Before the sixth edition of the IPL begins the side has been sorting the team list and the franchisee has made the decision of including me in the playing list. So there is a good likelihood that I might play in IPL-6. We are getting our strategies worked out, let us see how things shape up,” Gilchrist said.

During the last edition of the cash-rich tournament, Gilchrist had hinted that he might not feature in the 2013 edition of the IPL.

Turning out for Kings XI, the left-hander did not have a great outing during the previous season of the Twenty20 league and remained out of action for most part of the tournament due to a hamstring injury.

Asked about Australia’s upcoming tour to India early next year, Gilchrist said: “It is going to be a big tour. It will be a terrific challenge. We have learnt a lot from our previous visits to India. There is lot to happen in the upcoming series and I am eagerly awaiting for the contest.”

“But before the tour starts, both Australia and India have a lot of work to do. Australia is developing well under Michael Clarke. They are improving as a side and personally Micheal has been able to step-up his results also,” he said.

Australia will play South Africa later this month, while India will be locked in a terse battle with England at home.

Gilchrist begs to differ with the reported comment of Sunil Gavaskar that the current Indian outfit is the weakest in the last two decades.

“First time I am hearing anything like that. But personally I don’t think it is weaker than any other team,” he said.