Stuart MacGill to feature in IPL auction

Stuart MacGill came out of retirement to play in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Sixers and is looking forward to participate in the cash rich Indian league Getty Images

Sydney: Dec 26, 2011

Former Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has given his name for the lucrative Indian Premier League’s players’ auction next year.

MacGill came out of retirement this month to play for the Sydney Sixers in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 league — Big Bash.

The 40-year-old believes that with a successful comeback with the Sydney Sixers, he can deliver in the IPL if someone is willing to pick him up.

“I really don’t want to get too far ahead of myself here, but I’m playing in the BBL because my kids thought I was getting old,” MacGill was quoted as saying by the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

“I’m proving to them that I can still cut it with the young blokes. I just wanted to see if I could keep together physically and once I ticked that box I thought ‘hey, maybe it’s worth my while’.

“Having played a couple of Twenty20 games now, I know I can do it. I don’t get too sore. I know I can run around enough. It’s worth a go,” said MacGill, who took 208 wickets from 44 Test matches.

MacGill retired in 2008 after suffering carpal tunnel syndrome and last played a T20 match for English county side Nottinghamshire in 2003.

After an eight-year break from Twenty20 cricket, MacGill joined teammate Shane Warne and other Australian players coming out of retirement to play in the Big Bash tournament. (PTI)