A suspension from bowling in tournaments run by Cricket Australia hasn't dampened spinner Chris Green‘s ambition to play in the T20 World Cup.
Green was reported for a suspect bowling action earlier this week – and won't be allowed to bowl for the Sydney Thunder in the remainder of the 2019-20 Big Bash League. LeoVegas have the Sydney Thunder priced at 4.50 to win the BBL.
“I'm not bitter about anything. I think the process I went through was incredibly fair and it's time now to move forward. I really do look forward to this challenge that lies ahead,” said Green.
Green has played for several domestic T20 franchises around the world – and will represent the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2020 Indian Premier League. He hasn't played T20I cricket for Australia yet, though.
“Absolutely, my dream is to play for Australia. I've had some really great messages from selectors and players and coaches and fans. Hearing those words of support has really helped me at this time. There's so much to look forward to,” he added.
“I've had a busy 12 months prior to this where I haven't had the time to stop and work on technical aspects of my game so I see this as a really good window to work on my game and make the changes necessary on my bowling.”
Green has appreciated the support of new Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum. The former New Zealand captain succeeded former Kolkata head coach Jacques Kallis last year. Kallis has since joined the Proteas as a batting consultant.
Green gets help from KKR
“Brendon has been incredibly supportive. I've had conversations with their assistant coaches as well and they're willing to stand by me and help me through this. They've offered to take me out and work with their specialists and through the process as well,” he added.
West Indian and Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine was previously reported for a suspect bowling action. He did some remedial work before returning to bowling in international cricket.
“I've had contact with Sunil's bowling coach as well and I plan on working with some of the best coaches around the world and in Australia on this to get myself sorted and to get back bigger and better,” concluded Green.