McGrath looking forward to Indian Premier League but still prefers tests
SYDNEY, Australia: Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath is looking forward to his involvement in a new Twenty20 cricket league in India but remains a lover of five-day tests.
McGrath, 37, who retired from test cricket last year as the top all-time wicket-taker among fast bowlers, has resumed light training in preparation for his part in the Indian Premier League. He said Wednesday he was looking forward to promoting the game, but hoped Twenty20’s popularity did not impinge on tests.
“Hopefully there is room for all three forms of the game, but we’ll wait and see,” McGrath said. “Hopefully the cricketers will continue playing test cricket and one-day cricket.”
McGrath predicted the new Indian Twenty20 league would be a success, especially since it was based in India. I think in India anything to do with cricket is going to be successful,” he said. “The effect it will have on test cricket or one-day cricket, hopefully it won’t be negative.”
Details of the IPL have yet to be finalized but McGrath said he saw it as an opportunity to promote the game. “To have players like myself and Shane Warne, and Stephen Fleming, it’s more of an ambassador role to give it a bit more credibility,” he said.
“People coming to watch the game are probably not your mainstream cricket fans so it’s bringing more people to the game, which is great.” Like former Australian teammate Brett Lee, McGrath is looking at business opportunities in India.
“I’m keen to be involved in it and whether that’s playing or whatever, we’ll see what happens,” McGrath said.