He did not nominate for this 5th edition’s auction as well; however the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given permission to Pune Warriors to sign foreign players outside the auction method.
Michael has maintained no secrecy of his priority for Test matches, being retired from International Twenty20 cricket, but could possibly make a surprise entry in the upcoming season of IPL, which will commence soon after the end of Australia’s tour of West Indies. Sourav Ganguly, Pune Warriors’ captain, has announced the same. He said, “We are on the edge of signing Michael Clarke. However, he will be available to play only from May.”
Clark avoided playing earlier four IPL seasons.
His availability for IPL will be limited because of Australia’s tour of West Indies, which will end on April 27.
Fifth season of Indian Premier League will commence on April 4. Pune Warriors will have another 8 matches left in the regular season of IPL after April 27, in which Michael Clark has chances of performing.
Next assignment of Australia after their West Indies tour is jam-packed with one-day fixtures in the United Kingdom, beginning on June 23 with a match against Ireland.
According to sources, Clarke is offered a deal of one-month contract for his entry to the IPL on May 1, provided he accepts the deal.
However Ganguly says that the Pune Warriors should overcome alluring the joining of Australia captain for the scheduled IPL edition. Though Clarke joins the money-spinning tournament, he will pass-by a break between an exhausting summer schedule, the West Indies tour and a one-day tournament in UK.
Clarke is now undertaking thorough rehabilitation in Sydney for his left-hamstring injury and is ready to join the Australian team in the early days of April for their first test in Barbados.