Michael Clarke open to IPL deal for 2012
Michael Clarke may finally take part in the Indian Twenty20 Premier League in 2012 as part of his run towards that year’s World T20 tournament in Sri Lanka.
Arguably the highest profile player to avoid the riches of the IPL in its early seasons, Clarke is considering playing the event in the year of the next World T20 event, after excelling as captain but struggling with the bat during this year’s tournament in the Caribbean.
It was widely thought after that event that Clarke’s T20 game was under-developed, and would benefit from more exposure to the format.
Clarke is doing his best to play every T20 international he can, but if Australia are to be victorious in the next major event, he will need more preparation.
“The more you play the more experience you get, that’s why it is important for me to get home for one day and then fly to Perth (for the T20),” said Clarke.
“I need to play as much T20 cricket as I can, but I also need to sum up my body and my life as well, when it comes to choosing six weeks at home to have a break or spend that six weeks in the IPL.
“That decision needs to be made at the time, and yearly as well, if my body feels great and I’m confident I can play that six weeks I’ll put myself in the auction and go.
“It definitely does make sense that the closer we get to the next T20 World Cup, the more T20 cricket I want to be playing.”
For the moment, T20 is taking a position subservient to the Test and limited overs formats, ahead of the Ashes and the 50-over World Cup.
“We’ve made it very clear our priority right now is the Ashes series, and as soon as that finishes it is the one day World Cup,” said Clarke.
“If that means right now T20 cricket has to suffer, as in some players get rested from a T20 match in Perth because they’re preparing for the Ashes, then that’s what you’ve got to do.”
A personal reluctance to give up precious time at home in Sydney has played a large part in Clarke’s absence from the IPL so far.
“Some guys will use the six weeks to go and play the IPl, whereas for me in the past those six weeks have benefited no doubt my cricket but also my life,” he said.
“It’s given me the chance to let me body heal and also live a life outside of cricket.
“The hardest thing about international cricket for me is the touring, because you spend so much time away from home.
“I love the cricket, I’d play cricket every day, but I wish I could paly from Bondi at the SCG (all the time).”© AAP 2013
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