Pune Warriors not interested in retaining Clarke

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Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 18:19 [IST]
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Pune Warriors to snub Michael Clarke?

Pune, Oct 30: Pune Warriors might not retain Australia skipper Michael Clarke for the next edition of IPL after signing him for one season, according to reports.

After Sourav Ganguly announced his retirement from domestic cricket, having Michael Clarke in the side would mean the Aussie captain would be an ideal choice for leading the side in the absence of Yuvraj Singh.

But the contract was signed for a year, and if the player insists on playing IPL, he will be back in the pool and available for auction.

Since Clarke has not fared well in the T20 format, looks like the franchises are not interested in retaining the Aussie captain, as he has scored a mere 98 runs off 6 matches with a highest score of 41 at an average of 16.33.

Moreover the Aussie captain is not a part of the national T20 squad, which also shows that he hasn't been successful in the shorter version of the game.

While the franchise find it difficult to name the skipper of the team, with Ganguly not available and Clarke not to be retained, hope Yuvraj Singh will be back for the sixth edition of IPL, else would pin hopes on Steve Smith, who has been outstanding for Pune Warriors in the fifth edition of IPL.


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