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No regrets for ICL rebel Vincent

New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent said he signed up with the rebel Indian Cricket League as he feared his international career was coming to an end.

Vincent, who is currently holding coaching sessions at the Dubai College, said he feared he would unemployed and unable to support his family when the ICL came along.

He said: "I had a few months left on my New Zealand contract and I think I'd have finished my career in December [last year].

"I feared I was going to be unemployed because I had a family to support and mortgages to pay."

The Auckland-born star had enjoyed sensational debuts in both Tests and one-day cricket, but his performances lacked consistency in later years.

Over the years he produced some top performances for the Kiwis, rescuing them from the jaws of defeat, which pushed his case for selection for the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.

But that was as far as it went and his career began on a downward spiral during the tour of South Africa and the Chappell-Hadlee Series that followed against trans-Tasman neighbours Australia.

Later, Vincent was left out of the tour of Bangladesh.

He has admitted suffering from depression before the ICL came along and offered him a lifeline which he grabbed with both hands.

His decision to sign the lucrative deal with the Indian media giants Zee's Twenty20 series, which has still not received the International Cricket Council (ICC) stamp, meant the end of his international career.

His contract was revoked by New Zealand Cricket after but he had no regrets.

He said: "I'm so grateful that the ICL came along and offered me something with which I could secure things [for my family] for a few years.

"I made the decision that I had achieved everything I had to achieve with New Zealand and I had the opportunity to go to India which was good because India is where it is all happening.

"The ICL was presenting an exciting format for the game; it's basically from where the IPL took off and was introduced and now everyone's talking about these two formats which are basically one and the same."

The Auckland-born star said he did pine for a return to action with the Kiwis.

"I haven't considered it. At this stage it is way out of my mind because we're not allowed to play.

"I made a decision to retire from international cricket last year, so I have no ambition to play for NZ.

"In a couple of years' time things might fall into place with the ICL and if things change then I'm sure there'll be opportunities to play again."

Lou Vincent said he suffered from depression as his international career came to an end. He worried about providing for his family until the ICL offered him a place.

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