IPL November 15, 2008

Pollock not to return to Mumbai Indians

Cricinfo staff

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McGrath also in doubt?
  • Glenn McGrath, whose wife Jane died recently because of cancer, also might not return to complete his three-year contract with the Delhi Daredevils. TA Sekhar, the Delhi Daredevils' cricket director, said that McGrath was not in Australia and they were trying to speak with him to ascertain if the rumours about his unavailability were true.
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Mumbai Indians officials are hoping to persuade Shaun Pollock, the former South African allrounder, to extend his contract with the IPL franchise. Pollock, whose contract with Mumbai Indians was only for one year, said that he didn't want to play cricket anymore.

"I have reached a stage where I think I have played enough cricket," Pollock told Cricinfo. "My contract with the Mumbai Indians was for one year and I was very happy with the way things went. I enjoyed every bit of the IPL experience but I want to stop playing now. But I will come back in some capacity."

His franchise, however, had not given up hope of Pollock returning. "We are in talks with him. We understand his position but we are positive we will be able to convince him to reconsider, "a Mumbai Indians' spokesperson said.

During the first season of the IPL, Pollock had told Tendulkar that he might not return next year but the seniors, including Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya, convinced him to continue playing at the time.

Pollock was the captain of the franchise during the first half of the tournament after Tendulkar was injured and Harbhajan Singh was banned. He scored 147 runs in eight innings at a strike-rate of 132.43 and took 11 wickets in 13 matches at an economy-rate of 6.54.