By CricketCountry Staff
Sydney: Aug 1, 2012
Australia captain Michael Clarke has signed for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League. The right-handed batsman made return to the Twenty20 format earlier this year, playing for the Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League.
“Playing for Sydney Thunder is a great opportunity for me to play for a team rooted in Sydney’s western suburbs as well as to support Cricket Australia in building on last year’s Big Bash success," Clarke said in a press release.
"I am really excited about playing a part in the Big Bash, particularly as it will be against the other Sydney team.
“Not only do I get to play alongside superstar T20 internationals like Chris Gayle and Shahid Afridi but also with a bunch of great young guys just starting to make their mark, many of whom grew up in the West,” he added.
According to The Herald, Sydney Thunder were eying Clarke as the marquee signing for the upcoming season.
The Syndey Morning Herald added that the club is also in talks with Kevin Pietersen in place of Afridi, who is expected to leave midway through the tournament.