England batsman Owais Shah, who was auctioned off for 275,000 dollars at the Indian Premier League on Friday, admitted he was still sold on building a Test career with England.
The 30-year-old, who will play for the Delhi Daredevils in this year’s IPL, along with England teammate Paul Collingwood, was considered unlucky to have been overlooked for the ongoing first Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park.
But despite his new riches, he insists that he is desperate to add to his two Tests, targetting a place in the Ashes later this year.
“We all want to play Test cricket because there is pride and honour playing for your country against another nation. There’s no feeling to beat it,” said the Middlesex man who has played 52 one-dayers and 10 Twenty20 games for England.
“The captain told me that it was a tough decision (to leave him out of the first Test), but that I was close and I have to keep knocking on the door.
“I’m only 30. I want to play for England in the near future and with the Ashes around the corner, I want to play Test cricket. I’m allowed a four-week period for the IPL, then I have to be back in England by the 7th or 8th May.
“Hopefully, I’ll make the one-day squad.”
Shah added that he was not concerned to see compatriot Ravi Bopara auctioned off for 450,000 dollars to play for the Kings XI Punjab.
“Ravi’s goal is to play Test cricket and if you can pick up some money along the way, then why not,” he said.
“His value is a lot more than mine because he is an all-rounder. He’s a good one-day player. He’s played for England so good luck to him.”
England stars Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen fetched the highest bids at the IPL auction with both men going for 1.55 million US dollars to play for the Chennai Super Kings and Bangalore Royal Challengers respectively.