Being a T20 specialist can often be a hard road to take which New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan is learning the hard way after the pacer was overlooked at the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) auctions.
Bring confident on his skills as a T20 bowler, McClenaghan turned down a central contract with the Kiwi national side and opted to play in T20 league all over the world. Having played in the Caribbean Premier League, McClenaghan was confident of being picked in the IPL 2018 auctions.
However, a low-key Big Bash T20 league saw McClenaghan’s stocks fall down and no Indian Premier League side including his team from last season, Mumbai Indians, decided to sign him in IPL 2018.
Mumbai Indians replaced McClenaghan with Mustafizur
Mumbai Indians have gone on to sign a new left-arm pacer in Mustafizur Rehman who excels in bowling yorkers and slower balls in death over which saw Mumbai Indians ignore the New Zealand cricketer for the upcoming IPL 2018 season.
However, the 31-year-old is upbeat about his chances of playing in the upcoming domestic T20 competitions and for the time being he is keeping himself busy with a new business venture.
McClenaghan and his sister have opened their first gym in Tamaki, Auckland – a move that has life after cricket in mind and the idea is inspired by McClenaghan’s Sydney Thunder teammate Shane Watson who co-owns multiple F45 gyms in Australia with the former Aussie pacer Brett Lee.
McClenaghan will have enough time to work on his fitness and seek a comeback to cricket and even mull over the possibility of playing for New Zealand once again after the recent IPL snub.