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‘Don’t know if McGrath will help’

Glenn McGrath hasn’t played a competitive cricket match since the semi-final of the first Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008.

Glenn McGrath hasn’t played a competitive cricket match since the semi-final of the first Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008. In the meanwhile,the 39-year-old has been successfully running the Jane McGrath Foundation,in aid of cancer research. Benched throughout the second edition of IPL in South Africa,Delhi Daredevils have asked for McGrath to make a return for the Champions League T20 due to the growing list of injured players.

David Saker,the Daredevils stand-in coach,however,is not sure how much of a difference the former Australian paceman would make. “McGrath has not played any form of cricket for more than a year. It doesn’t make too much sense. I don’t want to be in a position to bring him and not play him,” Saker said on Tuesday.

With AB de Villiers (back injury) and Paul Collingwood (buttock strain) already on the sidelines,New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori pulling a hamstring just before the Champions Trophy final against Australia on Monday has left Saker with only three fit overseas players in the squad. Teams are allowed to play four foreign players in their XI.

“We currently have Owais Shah,Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dirk Nannes as our overseas players. AB and Daniel will be missed. McGrath obviously hasn’t been playing much. Do we get him and then find he’s not ready to play? We are trying to talk to him.”

Platform for local players

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Handed the coaching duties on a temporary basis in place of Greg Shipperd — who is in charge of his state side Victoria Bushrangers for the tournament — Saker believes that this could instead be the platform for the local cricketers to showcase their talent.

“A situation like this presents lads from Delhi such as Rajat Bhatia and Mithun Manhas an opportunity to step up their game and shine. Even somebody like Manoj Tiwary can use the situation as a platform to showcase their talent. It is up to them whether they can fill the void left behind by the big names,” Saker said. Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir echoes his coach’s sentiments.

“I feel it is a great platform for young domestic players. It they do well here,they can get a chance to play for the country,” he said.

Nannes,whose exploits with the ball in IPL’s second season led to McGrath not being missed,feels that too much is being read into the side’s injuries. “It may seem from the outside that we are panicking. The injuries are worries,but not enough to press the panic button.”