Australian Test captain Michael Clarke has decided not take part in the inaugural season of the new KFC T20 Big Bash League as to concentrate on Test preparation.
“With the greatest respect to everybody involved in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, I will not be committing for this year,” Clarke said.
“My goal is to play Twenty20 cricket domestically, for sure.
“But at the moment, I want to prioritise my time and commitment to my role with the Australian team.
“We have a big six months ahead, and my commitment and focus is with those teams.
“I am also only available for one BBL game this year, and that was a consideration as well.”
Cricket Australia’s Mike McKenna, who heads CA’s BBL management team, said CA would have loved to have Clarke on board for the new, eight-team competition.
“However, we understand and respect his decision – and while we will miss him, the KFC T20 Big Bash League already offers fans a galaxy of international and national stars which will help galvanise fan excitement in year one,” he said.
The eight KFC T20 Big Bash League teams are due to finalise their initial contract lists, a minimum of 14 and maximum of 18 players each, by tonight.
The squads so far
Aiden Blizzard, Cameron Borgas, Lee Carseldine, Tom Cooper, Adam Crosthwaite, Theo Doropoulos, Brendan Drew, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Harris, Michael Klinger, Nathan Lyon, Aaron O’Brien, Gary Putland, Kane Richardson.
Overseas players: Kieron Pollard.
Ryan Broad, Nick Buchanan, Daniel Christian, Ben Cutting, Peter Forrest, Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes, Chris Lynn, Michael Neser, Chris Swan.
Overseas players: Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori.
Travis Birt, Mark Cosgrove, Xavier Doherty, Luke Feldman, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hogan, Phil Jaques, Matt Johnston, Jason Krejza, Nick Kruger, Ben Laughlin, Rhett Lockyear, Tim Paine, Ricky Ponting.
Overseas players: Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Owais Shah.
Ryan Carters, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, Aaron Heal, Jayde Herrick, Michael Hill, Brad Hodge, Glenn Maxwell, Andrew McDonald, Brenton McDonald, Dirk Nannes, Nathan Reardon, Will Sheridan, Shaun Tait.
Overseas players: Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi.
George Bailey, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Alex Keath, James Pattinson, Rob Quiney, Peter Siddle, Chris Simpson, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, Cameron White.
Overseas players: Luke Wright.
Tom Beaton, Michael Beer, Mark Cameron, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Edmondson, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Luke Pomersbach, Nathan Rimmington, Luke Ronchi.
Overseas players: Paul Collingwood, Herschelle Gibbs.
Ed Cowan, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Brett Lee, Nic Maddinson, Ian Moran, Peter Nevill, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Dominic Thornely, Shane Watson.
Overseas players: Michael Lumb.
Sean Abbott, Tim Armstrong, Nic Bills, Doug Bollinger, Luke Butterworth, Scott Coyte, Tim Cruickshank, Matthew Day, Luke Doran, Ben Dunk, Jason Floros, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Craig Philipson, Daniel Smith, David Warner.
Overseas players: Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle.