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Gillespie to retire

cricket Updated: Feb 23, 2008 21:54 IST

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Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie is set to retire from international and domestic cricket next week.

The South Australian fast bowler will announce his departure from international and state cricket in a few days, a report in 'Sydney Morning Herald' said.

The Pura Cup match between South Australia and Queensland in Adelaide, starting on Friday, is expected to be his farewell match. He also has a contract with Welsh county club Glamorgan.

The report claimed that the 32-year-old fast bowler, who has a Cricket Australia contract, has been mulling to sign up with 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) after he failed to come to an agreement with the BCCI-backed Indian Premier League.

Joining the ICL would end Gillespie's domestic and international career, as CA has said any player involved in the non-sanctioned league will be banned from first-class cricket.

'Dizzy' Gillespie represented Australia in 71 Tests and took 259 wickets at an average of 26. He scored a double century in his final Test appearance, against Bangladesh in Chittagong in April 2006. He also took 142 wickets in 97 one-day internationals.