Having waited six years to get back in the England team following his solitary Test cap Ryan Sidebottom is in no hurry to chuck it all away and follow the scent of the dollar eminating from the Indian Premier League.
The left-armer has enjoyed quite a return to the international scene in the last 12 months, having previously made only one Test appearance back in 2001. Many of his international team-mates have expressed a desire to land a chunk of the huge sums of money floating about the subcontinent's leading Twenty20 jamboree but the 30-year-old is content in his shiny new England whites.
"As for the IPL, I want to play Test cricket and play for England. It means a lot more than a ton of cash," Sidebottom said in an interview for the July issue of The Wisden Cricketer magazine: "I've had a lot of disappointments in my career," he added. "I think the experience of playing Tests is more intense for me because of the six years I had to wait."
While cash is not an incentive for Sidebottom, Nottinghamshire, his county, are keen to impress in the Twenty20 Cup this year, perhaps driven by the new Champions League, and to that extent are hoping to sign the former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns in time for the start of their campaign tomorrow when they play Yorkshire. Cairns is 38 tomorrow and first played for the county 20 years ago.Reuse content