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Michael Clarke picks commentary assignment over Big Bash League deal

The 35-year old former cricketer will be seen behind the microphone during Australia’s upcoming home season this summer.

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Since his retirement, Clarke has played just two T20 matches, for Kowloon Cantons in May’s Hong Kong T20 Blitz. © Getty Images (File Photo)

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who had quit cricket last year, was in line for a return to the Big Bash League (BBL) 2016-17 season. However, the recent developments suggest that Clarke will not be a part of the BBL this year. Instead, the 35-year old former cricketer will be seen behind the microphone during Australia’s upcoming home season this summer. Clarke has signed a deal to join Channel Nine’s Wide World of Sports (WWOS) commentary team for the coming Australian summer, thus ruling out any possibility of playing in the BBL which happens simultaneously.

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Besides, Clarke will also be turning out for his Sydney club team, Western Suburbs. These two assignments will keep him busy and leave with little time to play in the BBL, which has over the years gained much fame and comes close second to the Indian Premier League (IPL) in terms of popularity. ‘Pup’, as he his fondly known as, Clarke himself made the announcement in this regard. He took to his official Twitter handle to disclose the development through a brief video message. The caption to his tweet read as: “Super excited to be commentating with @wwos this summer.”

 

Clarke did not reveal the nature of his involvement in the commentary team, or if it would extend to Channel Nine’s season-opening Matador Cup coverage. But he did mention that the commentary assignment shall prevent him from playing in this year’s BBL. However, as yet, no club had shown interest in hiring his services. This may well be a reason behind him skipping the lucrative T20 tournament. Clarke has previously been a part of Channel Nine’s commentary team and has done short stints during his playing days, including while still captain of the Australia team during the 2014-15 Test series against India.

Another important announcement Clarke made was that he will return in Sydney’s Premier Cricket competition, where he will once again turn up for the childhood club Western Suburbs for the opening three rounds of Premier Cricket — all one-day matches — which begins on Saturday, September 24 against Mosman at Allan Border Oval. The next two matches which he will be a part of will be against Randwick Petersham and Parramatta, with all three matches away from Western Suburbs’ home ground of Pratten Park. Clarke had previously made an appearance for the Wests in last February, where the right-hander scored 48 and 30.

Clarke ended his illustrious career last year in a contrasting manner. Having retired from T20Is long back, he pulled the curtains down on his ODI career in an emphatic fashion after winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Later, the same year, he bid adieu to Test cricket in a disappointing way after losing the Ashes series in England. Since then, he has played just two T20 matches, for Kowloon Cantons in May’s Hong Kong T20 Blitz. “There are parts of the game that I certainly missed, and now I’ve got an opportunity to come back and play,” Clarke had said ahead of playing with Kowloon, before adding,  “I like the fact that Twenty20 cricket only goes for three hours. It’s something I haven’t focused on throughout my career. I certainly don’t have any ambition to play Test and one-day cricket, and international Twenty20 cricket, but I think there’s probably a little desire there to come and play in tournaments like this.”

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