Clarke non-committal on stint with Pune Warriors

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Published: Monday, March 26, 2012, 14:01 [IST]
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Clarke's participation in IPL 5 doubtful

Melbourne, Mar 26: Australia skipper Michael Clarke has confirmed that he has got an Indian Premier League offer from Pune Warriors to play for IPL 5, while discussions are going on as the decision has not been taken yet.

After four editions of Indian Premier League, Michael Clarke has finally revealed that he has been approached by Pune franchise for IPL edition 5 scheduled to start from April 4, 2012. But he has been non-committal on his IPL stint.

"That opportunity has been presented to my management company and I. Right now they're discussing it," Clarke was quoted as saying by 'The Australian Associated Press'.

"We will continue to talk about that and make a decision in due course. But my focus right now is to make sure I get back and play some good cricket for Australia."

The player was approached after getting a nod from the BCCI as the auction did not feature Clarke's name in the list.

The middle-order batsman, who is currently suffering from back problems, retired from T20 Internationals in January last year.

Currently touring West Indies after recovering from an injury, he might not be available for most of the IPL season, even if his management agrees to the deal proposed by Pune Warriors as national duty stops him from playing IPL 5.

"It's been a busy couple of weeks of rehab and treatment with my physio," Clarke said about his fitness.

"I had a fitness test Friday and I passed all of that. I've still got seven days until our tour game starts. There was some running - general straight-line running and some running between wickets and sideways movement to check I'll be fine fielding."


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