February 25, 2008

Michael Clarke will not join IPL

Michael Clarke, the young and responsible batsman in the Australia team. He also captained Australia’s Twenty20 cricket team. He had a commitment to join IPL in India. But, in case of his father illness, he has decided not to attend in the inaugural 44-days IPL Tewnty20 tournament that will be started form 18 April. Although Michael Clarke has skipped to join IPL but the associates Symonds , retiring wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist, captain Ricky Ponting, retired Glenn McGrath, Michael Hussey, Matthew Hayden and some others will be playing in the IPL either this year or from the next edition. Clarke’s father, Les, has been suffering for cancer one year. That is why he has decided to spend time with his family. I have taken the quote from Sify Sports.

"When IPL was first mentioned, dad and I talked about it. I told him what it was - the money they were offering and things like that," Clarke was quoted as saying in Sydney Morning Herald.

"But Lara (his girlfriend), mum (Debbie), dad, my sister (Leanne) and I had dinner on Monday night and I told them then that I wasn't going to go. They asked why, but they were very supportive of my decision. Dad just said that money's not a worry and at this stage of my career it's worth enjoying time at home."

Michael Clarke has no allegation not to join IPL but he is happy to spend more time with his family. He thinks that as he loves cricket and the opportunity will come again. Clarke’s girlfriend Lara, whose father has cancer. They all will go to fishing during the free time.