Paltry pay may force MacGill to retire

Sydney Sixers have offered the veteran leggie just $20,000 to play the next Big Bash League.

MacGill in action during BBL 2011-12.Australia cricketer Stuart MacGill may retire from cricket permanently after being offered a paltry $20,000 contract with the Sydney Sixers to play in the country's premier Twenty20 Big Bash League (BBL).

Considered over the hill, the former Australian leg-spinner proved his doubters wrong when he returned from retirement to play in the inaugural Big Bash League in 2011-12.

At the age of 41, MacGill was one of the tournament's best-performing bowlers, snaring seven wickets at an average of 23.7 with an economy rate of just 6.64.

But rather than rewarding him with a better deal, the Sydney Sixers management is believed to have again tabled the minimum contract permissible. While a $1 million salary cap was the amount the squad can earn, MacGill's offer was a fraction of what some of his teammates were offered.

"He clearly still has it, he dismissed the best batsman in the competition last year. I can't believe they didn't make him a priority signing," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted a source as saying.

MacGill is currently juggling several other professional commitments, including a consumer insights position at advertising agency Razor Group and new roles with Google Plus and YouTube. A six-week sabbatical to play cricket, at the minimum wage, could potentially jeopardise those deals, the paper said.