Melbourne: Disappointed and frustrated at being dumped but resolute nonetheless, veteran Australian batsman Simon Katich said he would continue playing despite his axing from the list of contracted players.
The 35-year-old batsman`s dropping has outraged several former players and Katich himself admitted to being deeply frustrated by the omission.
But the opener said despite the thought of retirement passing his mind, he has decided to continue "out of respect for his state side New South Wales.”
"After much consideration I`ve decided that I want to keep playing on for NSW due to the level of respect I have for Cricket NSW and also my teammates for the last nine years," Katich, who scored 4188 runs at an average of 45.03 56 Tests, told reporters.
"I want to repay that faith that they have shown in me and hopefully we can have a very good season coming up," he added.
But Katich didn`t mince words in criticising Cricket Australia.
"I`m extremely disappointed and frustrated at the decision I found out about on Tuesday but I also want to make it clear I know I`m not the only player to go through this in the last few years because of inconsistent selection policies," said Katich.
"I`m just hoping something good comes out of this situation because I actually think the decision that came on Tuesday was absolutely ridiculous," he fumed.
Katich was especially scathing in his criticism of the selection panel and ridiculed it by saying, "If you pay peanuts you get monkeys".
"It`s a business, there`s no doubt about that, that`s just the way sport has gone. Being realistic it`s got to go that way, because you`re dealing with guys` careers. This is not just me, there`s plenty of other guys out there as well who`ve gone through this. So maybe something good will come out of this situation," he added.
Katich also said he does not fear the repercussions of his outburst.
"Technically I`m still contracted until the end of June 30. So no doubt the phone will ring and I`ll probably have to answer for this. But at the same time, I`m not going to stand up here and lie about it all, because that`s not going to help anyone moving forward.”
"Hopefully the review, something good will come out of that review, because this might just be the straw that breaks the camel`s back," he said.