Australia’s Test and ODI captain Michael Clarke has been signed by Pune Warriors India for the forthcoming season of the IPL.
Clarke will replace Yuvraj Singh, who was diagnosed with lung cancer (stage-I) earlier this year and was undergoing treatment in US.
“We are thrilled to have Michael Clarke on board,” said Sushanto Roy, Managing Director, Sahara Adventure Sports Ltd.
“The reigning Australian skipper is one of the world’s best cricketers.
“His presence in the side, and cricketing proficiency, will boost the prospects of Pune Warriors India in the DLF IPL 2012.”
Rajeev Shukla, Chairman, IPL, said, “Clarke was exceptional in the recent Test series against India, as batsman and captain.
“He is a very popular cricketer in India, and followers of the sport are eagerly looking forward to his participation in the DLF IPL 2012.”
The Australian players will miss the first three weeks of the IPL because of an upcoming Test series in the West Indies, but will be available for the final month of May.