Noffke fills in for Bracken in India
Bustling Australian all-rounder Ashley Noffke will use a hit-and-run stint in the Indian Premier League as a launching pad to his tour to the West Indies.
Noffke, a standout performer at state level with Queensland in the 2007/08 Pura Cup season, has been recruited by the Bangalore Royal Challengers.
He will fly out on Tuesday to replace injured New South Wales seamer Nathan Bracken at the franchise.
Noffke will return to his home base in Brisbane in early May to join the Australian team camp before travelling to the West Indies.
The right-arm paceman will be available for the opening match of the series on Friday when the Royal Challengers play the Kolkata Knight Riders.
"It's a pretty exciting proposition to go up against so many good players and I'm taking the view that it will be good for my development as a player," Noffke said.
"It's also as a chance to get some bowling under my belt ahead of the Windies tour."
Noffke will come up against Australia captain Ricky Ponting and Victorian David Hussey when Bangalore and Kolkata clash.
His team-mates include Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Cameron White and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Noffke's addition to the IPL ranks means he is one of five Queensland players in action at the tournament.
Others are Matthew Hayden, Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds and James Hopes.
Watson is the only player able to play a full part in the event with Hayden, Symonds, Noffke and Hopes required for national duties after the first fortnight.