IPL important in a cricketer's life, says Clarke

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Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 15:24 [IST]
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'IPL important in a cricketer's life'

Bangalore, Jan 31: Australia captain Michael Clarke has clarified that he was never against Indian Premier League (IPL) and feels it is "an important tournament in the life of a cricketer."

Clarke, who is in IPL 6 player auction list with a reserve price of $400,000, said he was looking forward to be a part of the Twenty20 league for full season for the first time. Clarke's price is the joint highest in the auction this year. The only other cricketer to have the same maximum bid price is his former captain and team-mate Ricky Ponting.

Speaking to "The Times of India" newspaper on Thursday, Clarke shared his views on IPL. The Australian skipper played for Pune Warriors last year. He was with the Sahara Group-owned team on one-year contract. IPL was launched in 2008.

"Firstly, may I clarify a misconception? I have always thought of the IPL as an important tournament in the life of a cricketer," Clarke told the newspaper.

He continued: "I had withdrawn myself from the IPL auction four years back for acutely personal reasons. My father had cancer and it was imperative that I be with him at the time and hence there was no way I could have played the IPL. Never did I have anything against the tournament to start with."

On the prospect of playing a full season this year, he said: "Yes I am very excited to be able to play a full season of the IPL finally, if I am picked in the auction that is, and am looking forward to doing well in T20 cricket before packed crowds in India."

The IPL 6 auction takes place in Chennai on Sunday (February 3).


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