Sydney, Mar 15: Australia skipper Michael Clarke could earn more than $1 million if he agrees to sign a deal with IPL franchise Pune Warriors. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly earlier confirmed that his franchise were in talks with Clarke this weekend.
Pune Warriors coach and captain Ganguly said Pune Warriors were interested in signing Clarke even though Australia's tour of West indies would allw him to play in only the final seven games of the Twenty20 competition in May.
"Nothing has been finalised yet. Michael Clarke will obviously be in the West Indies, so we have to sit with him," Ganguly said.
The Warriors are interested in signing a big name to replace the ill Yuvraj Singh for the tournament that begins on April 4. Yuvraj Singh is valued at $1.8 million and have been given the permission to spend on any player or players.
Ganguly said Clarke is aware of the interest shown by the franchise and could be on his way in May after the test series in the Caribbean. "He knows, but I haven't taken the talks further. We'll do that in due course."
Addressing the Indian media, Ganguly said, Clarke was "on the verge" of signing with Pune. Speaking to the The Age
last night, Ganguly mentioned Clarke could replace him as captain of the IPL team if in case he joined.
"Let's first see whether he is available or not. Then we'll take a call on the captaincy," Ganguly said.
Clarke is still recovering in Sydney from a hamstring injury that forced him out of the limited-overs leg of the West Indies tour, but he should be fit for the first Test, in Barbados on April 7-11.
His teammates at Pune would include Australians Steven Smith, Callum Ferguson and James Hopes, as well as Ganguly, Graeme Smith, Marlon Samuels and Jesse Ryder.