Nixon off to India
Paul Nixon, who has agreed to play in the Indian Cricket League, fears his England career could be over.
Last Updated: 31/10/07 6:28pm
Paul Nixon, who has signed up for the Indian Cricket League, fears his England career could be over.
The Leicestershire wicketkeeper has agreed to play in the month-long tournament which is sanctioned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Nixon is available after being overlooked for England's Test tour to Sri Lanka.
Despite being a bright light in a dismal World Cup campaign earlier this year the 37-year-old has not been selected by coach Peter Moores, meaning he fears the worst in terms of his international future.
"This is an exciting opportunity to end what has been a remarkably eventful year for me," said Nixon.
"I would never have imagined 12 months ago that I would get the opportunity to go on two England tours, and I always saw that as a bonus and a tremendous honour to play for my country.
"I am a realist though, I'm 37 years old and England have chosen to look forward in the selections they've made.
"I now have two big goals to look forward to in my career, playing in this Twenty20 League and the captaincy of Leicestershire.
"This is perfect timing because India is the mecca of cricket and interest in the Twenty20 game is extremely high due to the success of the national team in becoming world champions."
Nixon will join former county colleague Darren Maddy in playing in the ICL, as well as big names like Brian Lara, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Damien Martyn.