Bond back in NZ frame
Pace bowler Shane Bond has cut all ties with the unsanctioned ICL in an attempt to win back his place in the New Zealand set-up.
Last Updated: 19/06/09 1:03pm
Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has cut all ties with the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League in an attempt to win back his place in the international set-up.
Bond 34, last played a Test match for New Zealand in November 2007 following his decision to sign a six-figure deal with the rebel league.
However the fiery paceman, who has 79 Test wickets to his name, has now told local media he would be available for all three forms of international cricket.
"I love Test cricket, it's the pinnacle, and it would be nice to have another chance to play," Bond told the New Zealand Press Association.
He later said on Television New Zealand that he had been in contact with New Zealand Cricket to confirm his availability, but conceded that he has a lot of work to do in order to force his way back into the side.
"I'm available if they want me," said Bond, who joined the rebel league at the start of 2008.
NZC previously stated they would allow former ICL players back into contention for selection, opening the door for Bond and fellow pace bowler Darryl Tuffey.
Selector Glenn Turner said they would welcome Bond back, but he might be eased back into the international game on the New Zealand A tour of India in August rather than the full side's tour of Sri Lanka in August and September.
"He's obviously had a rethink, now we have to see if the body will stand up to it. Time will tell," Turner told NZPA.
"If he can produce the goods, that's great."