Disappointed with NZC, Andre Adams joins ICL

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Christchurch, Feb 13 (UNI) Former New Zealand all-rounder Andre Adams, following his team-mate Shane Bond's footsteps, has signed a two-year contract with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

''It's an opportunity I simply can't turn down. It also offers me the chance to play in India for the first time with and against some high profile players. I'm excited about the challenge,'' Adams told the 'New Zealand Press Association'.

Adams' decision to join ICL comes after the all-rounder's recent outburst criticising New Zealand coach John Bracewell and the rest of the selectors for continuing to exclude him from the national squad.

''I'm pretty disappointed with the treatment I've received over the past year, especially not being picked for the World Cup.

''I don't have any loyalty to New Zealand Cricket (NZC). I have done my bit for them and if it means I had to knock my aspirations of playing test cricket again on the head, so be it,'' Adams said.

The 32-year-old Adams, who has played 42 ODIs and scored 417 runs at 17.45 and claimed 53 wickets, lashed out at NZC after failing to make the Test squad for the home series against Bangladesh despite leading the State Championship bowling averages with 29 wickets at 8.27.

''I've watched some players who were picked ahead of me have a pretty average time of it, and they just keep playing.

''When I was also left out of the Twenty20 world champs, I thought well, if I can't get in ahead of Bradley Scott I must be a fair bit off the pace,'' Adams said.

NZC had already made it clear that the ICL's contracted players will not be considered for national duty thereby bringing an end to Adams' international career.

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