Marcus Trescothick has revealed that if his participation in the Twenty20 Champions League in India is successful he may consider a stint in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) next year. The former England opening batsman was due to make his first appearance in a competitive match on foreign soil since February 2006 last night. He was expected to play for Somerset against the Deccan Chargers, having confronted his long-standing stress-related illness to take part in the tournament.
Trescothick's illness led to him pulling out of England's tour to Australia in 2006/07 and ultimately cost him his international career, while he pulled out of a county trip to Abu Dhabi last year after arriving at Heathrow Airport. Somerset have laid on a personalised itinerary for their star batsmen to ensure his participation in the Champions League, and the 33-year-old said if it went well it could lead to the IPL.
"I've spoken to different people, but there have never been firm [IPL] offers," he said. "I've always said to them that I can't guarantee I could do it. Leading up to this, a few people made inquiries and I said, 'let's view this as a dry run. If I can do this, then I'll think about it a bit more afterwards'." He continued: "In my own mind it is just an achievement to get here but I've still got to continue to work and do the good things I'm doing to maintain me being here.
"As long as I continue on that path I don't see it being a problem. Somerset have been great about me travelling separately. Being able to bring my wife with me is the biggest part of this process. It gives me the opportunity to get into this position." Trescothick's name has frequently been mentioned in connection with an England return - most recently as a solution to their batting problems ahead of the fifth Ashes Test this summer - but he does not appear ready to countenance a return to the Test stage.
Meanwhile, the Cape Cobras captain Andrew Puttick can scarcely believe the events of the past week as he inspired his side to victory yesterday. He was not supposed to be involved in the Champions League until Graeme Smith was ruled out by injury, yet the hit a dazzling century to secure his team's passage to the second round. The Cobras registered their second successive success, defeating New Zealand's Otago Volts by 54 runs in Hyderabad. Puttick made an unbeaten 104 off just 62 deliveries to help set the Volts a massive target of 194.
The seamer Rory Kleinveldt then wrecked the Otago chase with a three-wicket haul, while three of the top five batsmen were run out. Puttick said: "I am very happy with the way the boys came back tonight with the ball. But to get a century tops all that. About a week ago I would never have imagined this, because I wasn't coming to India. It's really good. "But we have a long way to go in this competition, and we have to keep our feet on the ground. We were a little shaky the other night against the Royal Challengers. But our fielding has improved tremendously, and I'm very happy with the way we performed.
"It's the first step accomplished, but the hard work really starts now." Today's action will see Sussex take on New South Wales and the Delhi Daredevils playing Wayamba. * With agencies