McGrath confirms IPL return
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 ," 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.