Australian fast bowler to join ICL February 28, 2008

Gillespie to call time after Adelaide farewell

Cricinfo staff


Jason Gillespie cools off in the dressing room after his record-breaking double hundred in Chittagong on what turned out to be his final Test © Getty Images
 

Jason Gillespie will become the latest of Australia's thirty-somethings to call time when he announces his retirement during South Australia's Pura Cup tie against Queensland which starts on Friday.

Gillespie, who will turn 33 in April, is widely reported to have signed with the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League, and that means he has delayed any announcement to allow him to bow out in the match. Gillespie would have been barred from playing were he to confirm a deal with the ICL .

A source close to the player told The Australian newspaper that there would be a press conference at the close of the first day of the match. "He's not allowed to announce it prior because it is not a sanctioned league."

Gillespie was one of Australia's leading quick bowlers during their outstanding period of dominance. In 71 Tests he took 259 wickets at 26.13 with a best of 7 for 37 at Headingley in 1997. His last major act for Australia came in his final Test when he was recalled in 2006 after a dismal Ashes campaign the previous year and hit 201 against Bangladesh.

Although Gillespie enjoyed a good season in 2006-07, taking 30 wickets at 28.43 for South Australia, this summer he managed 24 wickets at 35.87 and there was speculation that his contract would not be renewed.

The news also caught Glamorgan, who Gillespie had signed to play for in 2008, on the hop. Only yesterday they issued the details of their squad to the media, but if he does sign with the ICL then he will be unable to honour that commitment.

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