"I was a victim of politics", claims New Zealand pacer Shane Bond, in reaction to his removal by the cricket board after he signed a contract with the Indian Cricket League (ICL). Bond says that he is not sorry over his decision to play in the ICL, but feels betrayed by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) after it contractually permitted his participation but withdrew it when the ICC interceded.
"What I'll never understand is why it had to be one or the other, ICL or playing for New Zealand, especially when I received a cast-iron assurance that I could do both, and my contract with NZC certainly allowed for it," Bond complains.
Bond signed the controversial contract with the ICL in January 2008 and was passed up for selection to the national team for two years due to his involvement with an unofficial league. He made a return to international cricket in June 2009 when NZC brought back players to the national side on the precondition that they end their ICL contracts.
Bond initially played for the ICL's Delhi Giants before being ensnared by the the IPL Franchise Kolkata Knight Riders who bid US$750,000 for him. But he remains firm over his decision to play by the ICL."One thing I'll never regret is signing to play in the Indian Cricket League."
Bond says that he decided not to resort to legal recourse out of consideration for himself, his team-mates and his board, even though the move may have worked in his favour. He pointed to the threat from the BCCI that the board would not let India tour New Zealand in 2009 and the IPL contracts of his compatriots would be terminated.