Michael Clarke considering the IPL option after retirement

Michael Clarke considering the IPL option after retirement

ICC congratulates Clarke
Michael Clarke is considering a second stint in the IPL. (© Getty Images)

Michael Clarke considering the IPL option after retirement: Australia batsman Michael Clarke, who retired from international cricket in the recently concluded Ashes series, is hinting at making a comeback to Indian Premier League (IPL). While the 34-year-old’s days as an international player came to an end after the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval, he will continue his career this summer as captain of Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League. While excited about exploring life outside cricket, Clarke says the game will remain in his blood and did not rule out the option of another season in the IPL.

“That’s (IPL) probably one of the things I’ve got to think about over the next week or so. What I’m going to do there, am I going to look at that as an option? I’ll spend the next few days trying to sum that up. See where my mind is at, see where my body is at and have a good think about it. Kyly (wife) and I are going to go away for a week or so before I fly back home. And that’s just going to give me some time to have a think about what I’m going to do when I get home,” Clarke was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

Clarke regularly turned down the big money on offer in the IPL during his career to focus on international cricket. However, he could be tempted to accept those lucrative offers now, following his retirement. Clarke opted to stay away from the IPL for the first four seasons of the T20 competition before joining the Pune Warriors as a replacement for Yuvraj Singh in 2012. He played one season with the Warriors in 2012, scoring 98 runs in six matches. In the shortest format of the game Clarke averages just above 21 from 46 matches.