Indian Premier League December 11, 2008

McGrath confirms IPL return

Cricinfo staff


Glenn McGrath's playing engagements are becoming increasingly rare © Getty Images
 

Glenn McGrath will take part in the 2009 edition of the IPL but insists his availability will depend on India's security situation. McGrath was a key factor in Delhi Daredevil's success - they lost to eventual champions Rajasthan Royals in the semi-finals - during the inaugural season, but the death of his wife Jane in June left his future participation in doubt.

"I have agreed to go back for this year [2009]," McGrath told the Herald Sun. McGrath made his decision before the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, and will take a call on visiting India after assessing the situation before the league's scheduled start on April 10.

"That was before everything happened over in India anyway, so I guess we will just play it by ear and see what happens closer to the time." he said. "But as it stands I am going back for another season."

Michael Clarke, who did not play in the first tournament, said he has a "lot of things to consider" if he is to join next year. "Obviously I have to think about the amount of cricket we are playing, I am trying to plan a wedding as well and I have to think about what has happened there recently," he said in the Australian.

"There is obviously a lot I have to consider, but I am going to play this Test series [against South Africa] and then I can sit down with Lara [his fiance] and my family and make a decision. I certainly would love to be part of the IPL, but it is a matter of timing. If I am right to go I will look forward to that."

McGrath, who was signed by Delhi for US$350,000, finished with 12 wickets from 14 games in the first season, with an impressive economy rate of 6.61. McGrath was part of a squad that included fast bowlers such as Sri Lanka's Farveez Maharoof, Pakistan's Mohammad Asif, the Tasmanian Brett Geeves and Pradeep Sangwan, the young Indian left-armer.

McGrath could have a few more Australian team-mates at Delhi in the coming season. The coach Greg Shipperd has indicated he may sign a few players he has worked with at Victoria. McGrath has not played competitive cricket since the IPL's first season.

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