NEW DELHI // The fast bowler Shane Bond has declared that he will never represent New Zealand again. The paceman is upset with how he has been treated by New Zealand cricket officials and suggested that he will not play for the Black Caps, even if he gets a recall. Bond has been sidelined by New Zealand Cricket since he signed a contract with the Delhi Giants in the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League (ICL).
The 33-year-old former police officer said that he had harboured hopes of playing Test cricket again when he originally got permission to play in the lucrative ICL Twenty20 competition. But then his New Zealand contract was terminated when the Board of Control for Cricket in India set up its own Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition and insisted that any player involved in the rebel league be banned by their national boards.
"I'm disappointed with the way my country's cricket board treated me," Bond said. "I don't want to represent New Zealand in Test matches or one-day internationals any more. "Despite clearing me for the tournament earlier, the cricket board later changed their mind and stepped back from their stand. I am quite disappointed with that." Bond played the last of his 17 Test matches in 2007 against South Africa. In a career curtailed by back and foot injuries, he took 79 wickets at an average of 22.39. He was the quickest New Zealander to reach 50 wickets in limited-overs internationals, which he went on to claim 125 wickets, including a stunning 6-22 against the eventual champions Australia at the 2003 World Cup.
Bond said that New Zealand cricket was the loser after turning its back on players who had joined the ICL, which offered them financial security. "I still enjoy playing cricket. I'm having a great time with the game, which has given me career and financial security," Bond added. *AP