Gilchrist says his playing days are over
Melbourne Renegades’ hopes of signing all-time great Adam Gilchrist for the Big Bash League (BBL) appear dashed after he announced his playing days are over.
Renegades chairman James Brayshaw said earlier in May he hoped to get the big-hitting former international star in the Renegades’ lineup.
The Etihad Stadium-based Renegades struggled on the field in the debut season of the BBL Twenty20 last summer and were also unable to match the Melbourne Stars’ crowd-pulling power with Gilchrist’s former Test teammate Shane Warne proving as popular as ever for the MCG-based Stars.
“I would say I’ve played my last game of cricket just there,” Gilchrist said in Dharamsala after his Kings XI Punjab side lost to Delhi in their Indian Premier League match.
“I’ll go away and have a think about it and talk to the (Kings XI) franchise,” the 40-year-old Gilchrist added.
“If the franchise is still keen to keep me involved as coach, which is a role I’ve really enjoyed, I find that I still enjoy being around the group.
“To be honest I didn’t miss the cricket that much.
“I loved the fact that I could play the last couple of games, but I didn’t have the horrible desire that I was missing out.
“There isn’t that fire burning in my belly quite like it used to. I have to think about it but I just feel I won’t be playing.”
Kings XI missed the finals after Gilchrist was out of action for almost a month during the season because of a hamstring injury.
Three-time World Cup winner Gilchrist retired from international cricket four years ago.
He captained Deccan Chargers to an IPL title in 2009 and scored two centuries and 10 fifties in 67 IPL games, scoring 1775 runs at 27.73 and a strike-rate of 140.20.
“The IPL will feature prominently in my memories of cricket,” Gilchrist told the cricinfo website.
“To come with a team that was last the previous year and win the title was very special (Deccan Chargers).
“One of the great memories of my cricket career was at this ground last year — that partnership (206 against Royal Challengers Bangalore) with Shaun (Marsh).”
A Renegades spokesman said on Monday Brayshaw had no comment on Gilchrist’s announcement.© AAP 2013
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