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Loye blows his top at Graveney

Mal Loye is on the verge of quitting international cricket after another one-day snub by England.

His latest rejection came after he was left out of England's 15-man squad to contest the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

Although the England top brass have gambled on Andrew Flintoff, there is no place either for Lancashire's Glen Chapple or James Anderson.

Still smarting from being left out of England's 50-overs World Cup team in the West Indies, the prolific 34-year-old batsman said: "I don't usually do this, but I am so angry about the situation that I am past caring."

Struggling, to even mention the name of the chairman of selectors, David Graveney, the Red Rose ace went on: "The man who I am talking about called me to say I was basically a fill-in player in Australia, and that was why I didn't go to the West Indies.

"It just showed a complete lack of respect. I have kept it all in for 15 years until now. I will make a final decision in about a week, but I know that talking like this will not do me any favours."

Loye's disillusionment stems from Graveney's position as tour manager for the 1989 breakaway England rebels tour to South Africa.

"I remember being on the ground staff at Lord's as a 16-year-old, trying to keep all of the protesters out of the ground.

"I almost wanted to let them all in because I was against it all too. Then just years later, Graveney is part of the team running English cricket!

"The selectors have promised me calls but never delivered them. I'm gutted."

source - manchestereveningnews.co.uk
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