IPL moolah tempts, snub hurts Monty
His Indian origin and cult status would certainly add sheen to the Indian Premier League but England's left-arm spinner Monty Panesar rues he does not have any offer on the table from any of the IPL franchises.
In his column for 'Daily Mail', Panesar admits the amount of money floating around is mind-boggling but says, almost lamenting, he is yet to be approached to be part of the IPL razzmatazz.
"Everyone is talking about all the money flying around cricket at the moment, but I haven't heard from any of the Indian Premier League teams. I certainly haven't got any offers on the table," said the spinner.
"You can't help but think about these things from time to time but I guess, for me, it's not meant to be," Panesar said.
"As for the Stanford match in Antigua, I'll just have to wait and see what the selectors decide to do. One day, if I do end up earning millions of pounds from cricket, maybe I could buy Luton Town FC and make myself chairman. I could be the first Sikh chairman. That would be fantastic," he said.
On Twenty20, Panesar said enjoyed the format playing for Northamptonshire but still found it "a bit hit-and-miss".
"It is a constant battle to outwit the batsman - a guessing game really. I might bowl really full, then try a couple of slower balls, then a much quicker one, then drop it short. I try everything to stay one step ahead, but I still think it's a batsman's game," he said.