Cricket Australia is trying to woo its key players away from the IPL with better contracts. But, will the move work? Former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke does not feel so.
According to a report in Fairfax Media, Smith, Warner and fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were contacted individually for three-year deals if they move away from the IPL.
Speaking about it at a promotional event, Clarke said, "Warner will be coming to the IPL. Smith will be coming as well. They love it over here. I don't know one Australia cricketer, who does not have a good time after playing in the IPL. You will continue to see Australians cricketers being a part of the IPL. I am certainly coming back, not to play though (laughs).”
"I don't think it's fair for me to comment on something I don't know enough about. I was given every opportunity in my career to play in IPL. Unfortunately, injuries restricted my career in IPL. I was fortunate to play one year with Pune Warriors back then and enjoyed. It's a wonderful tournament and a great thing for cricket. There's room for three formats," he added.
On if he was pro-IPL since he was part of the commentators' panel, Clarke replied, "I am not batting against anybody as I am retired. Cricket Australia was always supportive with me."
Asked about the Indian players who have impressed him, Clarke said, "Pandya brothers (Hardik and Krunal), Nitish Rana from Mumbai Indians and Rishabh Pant from Delhi Daredevils. There's so much of talent in Indian cricket and that's why I love IPL. IPL exposes talents at a young age. Big Bash League has done exactly the same."
--By A Cricket Correspondent