Indian Premier League franchise the Pune Warriors have confirmed the signing of Australia captain Michael Clarke
The Australian Test and ODI captain quit Twenty20 international cricket last year, but will make his IPL debut in the fifth edition of the prestigious competition after making himself unavailable in previous years.
“We are thrilled to have Michael Clarke on board. The reigning Australian skipper is one of the world’s best cricketers,” Sushanto Roy, an owner of the franchise, said in a statement.
“His presence in the side, and cricketing proficiency, will boost the prospects of Pune Warriors India in the IPL 2012.”
Chairman of the IPL Rajeev Shukla was equally delighted with the signing of the 30-year-old.
“He is a very popular cricketer in India, and followers of the sport are eagerly looking forward to his participation in the IPL 2012,” said Shukla.
The Australian skipper will miss the first part of the T20 tournament as he will be leading his country in the three-Test series in the West Indies.