Retiring after World Cup was right decision August 6, 2007

McGrath says he's tempted by ICL

Cricinfo staff



Glenn McGrath: "Probably a month of cricket, get back, give me that fix of playing again - it might be all I need" © Getty Images

Glenn McGrath has indicated his interest in playing in the Indian Cricket League (ICL). "It's tempting," McGrath, who retired following Australia's triumph at the 2007 World Cup, told AAP.

McGrath felt the ICL could be ideal for him. "Obviously, you can make a little bit of money," he said. "Probably a month of cricket, get back, give me that fix of playing again - it might be all I need."

Reports have suggested that the ICL was keen on signing McGrath and his former team-mate Shane Warne. However, so far, only Brian Lara has signed up for the league. McGrath's manager, Warren Craig, had earlier said that he had met with ICL officials.

However, a return to the Australian team was ruled out by McGrath, who was attending a ceremony for the 20th anniversary of the Australian Academy in Canberra. "I played as long as I could mentally," he said. "Physically the body feels great, but the mental side of it is another thing. Previously, watching other teams playing made me want to get out there. I couldn't wait for the season to start. Now I think I'm glad I'm not out there."

McGrath said his move to retire from the game was correct. "For me it's been the right decision, and I've had time to get used to it. To finish on a high - I couldn't have asked for much more than that." He was named the Player of the Tournament at the World Cup, finishing as the highest wicket-taker in the event's history.

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