Melbourne: A day after former Australian captain Steve Waugh warned Pat Cummins against falling for the lure of IPL cash, the teen pace sensation on Thursday said he will pull out of Twenty20 league if he feels it could have a negative impact on his national team performances.
Cummins has been ruled out for most of Australia`s four-Test series against India due to a heel injury that he picked up during his seven-wicket haul on debut against South Africa in Johannesburg last month.
The injury, however, has not deterred the fast bowler from giving his name for the IPL auction next season. But Cummins said it is too premature to take a call on his participation in the cash-rich league.
"I`ve been talking to some of the other guys. It`s a worthwhile opportunity going over there," Cummins said about his discussions with Australian teammates regarding the IPL.
"But to get in there you have to nominate right now. You can always pull out later. I think it would be great to play, but we`ll look at it again closer to the date. If it`s going to affect any other cricket over here...I definitely don`t want it to be affected," he was quoted as saying by the Australian media.
If Cummins decides to play in the IPL, he will at least miss the first half of the tournament as it clashes with Australia`s tour of the West Indies.
The IPL begins in Chennai on April 4 and ends on May 27, while Australia`s tour of the West Indies starts from March 16 till April 27.