Noffke threatens to join rebel leagues

Updated: 20 September 2008 08:35 IST

Ashley Noffke has warned the national selectors that he might take a plunge into cash-rich Indian Twenty20 leagues for the sake of his family.

Noffke threatens to join rebel leagues

Melbourne:

Disillusioned at being ignored for next month's Test series against India, Australian pacer Ashley Noffke has warned the national selectors that he might take a plunge into cash-rich Indian Twenty20 leagues for the sake of his family.

Noffke was overlooked for Australia's 15-man squad despite putting up an impressive all round show in the domestic season, where he claimed 51 wickets at an average of 19 and scored 741 runs at 46.31.

"I have told 'Digger' (national selection chairman Andrew Hilditch) that I am totally disillusioned with the way these selections work. Digger said they had picked the best squad for Indian conditions but that explanation didn't leave me feeling any better," Noffke told 'Courier Mail'.

"I was good enough to be in the West Indies squad and I haven't played cricket since then, so how can I be passed over?

Noffke could not believe that even after a stupendous performance he was ignored.

"I am a firm believer in taking wickets and scoring runs to put my name forward and I've done that. This feels like the end of my dreams of playing for Australia," he said.

"I have to now start to think about where I am placed and how much money I can earn to look after my family. There is the IPL (Indian Premier League) and the ICL (Indian Cricket League) and they are on my mind," Noffke added.

Noffke also refused to believe that he was not a kind of bowler suitable for Indian conditions.

"I am totally bemused to be passed over this quickly, apparently because they don't feel I will suit Indian conditions.

"I took 4-39 in India this week (against India A in Hyderabad) and I've always bowled well at the SCG, MCG and Bellerive Oval, which are probably the Australian pitches most like Indian pitches," Noffke argued.



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