Michael Clarke led Australia to their fifth World Cup triumph earlier in 2015 © Getty Images
Michael Clarke led Australia to their fifth World Cup triumph earlier in 2015 © Getty Images

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke is set to play in the inaugural edition of the Hon Kong T20 Blitz, a T20 league, which will be played in Hong Kong. Clarke will be playing for Kowloon Cantons. This news was confirmed by Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA) CEO Tim Cutler. “To summarise Michael’s credentials is impossible, he is simply one of the best cricketers of this generation, if not ever,” Cutler said.  “Hong Kong cricket has delivered many firsts recently, however to have a recent Test Captain who oversaw a famous Ashes whitewash, the 2015 World Cup victory and whom sat atop the world batting rankings a number of times is just incredible.” READ: Michael Clarke makes ‘rusty’ comeback in Sydney’s club cricket

“Not only does this vindicate the effort in putting the tournament together it also shows the growth of cricket in East Asia. With over 80,000 participants in China there is immense potential in East Asia. With Rugby and Soccer both making strategic plays into the nascent Chinese sporting market we look forward to working with the ICC and ACC in growing cricket throughout the region,” he added, according to hkcricket.org.

Clarke has represented Australia in 115 Tests, out of which he led the team 47 times.  He retired from Tests after The Ashes 2015, which Australia lost, thereby forfeiting the Urn as well. READ: Michael Clarke to make his cricket return with Twenty20 format in focus

Director of Cricket Charlie Burke also spoke about the excitement of having Clarke on board. “A key area for our national squads both Men and Women is to grow strong leadership and to have someone such as Michael Clarke to spend some time mentoring and provide input in this key area is very exciting.”

“It’s not every day you get to pick the brains of a former Test and World Cup winning captain that has had a very successful time at the helm. “It says a lot about Michael that he wants to help cricket grow in an emerging region and we thank him for reaching out to us,” he said. READ: Steven Smith or Michael Clarke? Glenn Maxwell has his say!

Clarke will train with his new teammates from Friday,  ahead of the first game against Hung Hom JD Jaguars on May 28.