Clarke set to play under 'nice guy' Ganguly

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Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 11:37 [IST]
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Clarke calls Ganguly 'nice guy'

Roseau, Apr 28: Australia captain Michael Clarke is all set to make his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut for Pune Warriors. And Clarke is looking forward to play under “nice guy” Sourav Ganguly.

Clarke, who took five wickets in Australia's final Test's 75-run victory over the West Indies in Dominica on Friday, is set to arrive in India on Monday to join the Pune franchise. Pune's next match is on May 1, Tuesday, against Deccan Chargers in Cuttack. Clarke might play in that game.

The Australia captain had stayed away from IPL for four years and this year he opted to play in this cash-rich Twenty20 league. He was picked by the Sahara-owned Pune in 2012. Clarke was focused on international duty and had no time to play in the IPL. However, he has retired from international Twenty20 and plays only ODIs and Tests.

Ganguly is the captain and coach of Pune team and Clarke has called the former India skipper a “nice guy.”

“I think that Sourav's always been a nice guy. I've always got along with him well and I look forward to playing under him. It seems like he's doing a really good job as captain-coach over there, I've spoken to a couple of the boys and they seem to be really happy about how things are and for me it's an eye-opener,” Clarke said in Dominica after the completion of the three-match Test series, which Australia won 2-0.

“I've never been to the IPL. I've said for a long time that when the opportunity comes up and I feel that it's right for me, I'd love to get over there and have a crack and see what it's like,” the right-hander said.

“I am looking forward to it. We (Australia) have a good break this winter. I've only got two one-day tours the whole winter, so if I was ever going to go this is the opportunity. The crowds look fantastic and it's going to be nice. To be honest with you, to be back playing some Twenty20 cricket, I'm looking forward to that,” he added.


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