Adelaide: An irate former Australian pace bowler Shaun Tait lashed out at Cricket Australia on Friday for ruining his Indian Premier League dream and then denying him a national contract which he labelled a "kick in the teeth".
In an explosive media session in Adelaide, Tait criticized national chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch for "sugar coating" his contract snub and threatened to take a trip to Greek Islands rather than pursue futile preparation for Australia's one-day series against England in September.
Tait believes he was fit enough to play for Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals after recovering from a four-month fight against hamstring tendonitis and could have fronted for Australia''s World Twenty20 campaign.
However CA physio Alex Kountouris and doctor Trefor James ruled Tait was not fit enough to play in the IPL - costing the super slinger 500,000 dollars.
"I am pretty ready to go. If I was to play cricket tomorrow I could wheel myself out. Do not let you go, not pick you in a squad then not give you a contract is a bit of a kick in the teeth. I can take a breath, and it gives me some options to explore other options in the cricket world," the Courier Mail quoted Tait, as saying.
A disheartened Tait said that he would pursue county cricket in England, but was not optimistic about a one-day recall against England in September.
"It is pretty for Cricket Australia to say get ready for a tournament when they haven't given you a contract. I can quite easily duck off to the Greek Islands if I want to but I will keep myself bowling, fit and something comes up that would be good," Tait said.