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Michael Clarke rejects reports of being drafted in PSL

Michael Clarke
Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pakistan Super League is all set to roll out the second edition after the inaugural was termed a mega success. Ahead of the season, the players draft will be held on October 18 and 19 in Pakistan. Earlier today one of the prominent newspapers Dawn reported that former Australian skipper Michael Clarke along with discredited former Pakistan captain Salman Butt will be in the poll of players for the PSL draft.

A fan asked him the same on Twitter – ‘@MClarke23 Will you be in  @thePSLt20 Draft? CA is reporting it? Please reply Sir?’ Clarke quoted the tweet and said, ‘No I won’t be.’ Foxsports.com.au also got in touch with his team and they confirmed that won’t be part of the PSL.

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It is notable point that the former Aussie skipper had already denied his intentions of playing the Australian domestic T20 league Big Bash. Though it is believed that if given an opportunity he might be willing to play in the Indian Premer League since he had been a part of the league in the past.

The report published by Dawn suggested that not only Clarke but former players like Brendon McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene are also likely to be a part of the tournament.

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“Clarke will be part of the Platinum category along the likes of (Brendon) McCullum, (Eoin) Morgan, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Stuart Broad, Lasith Malinga, Mahela Jayawardene and Kieron Pollard,” Dawn had quoted a well-placed source saying.

“Salman (Butt) is the notable inclusion in the gold category along with other swashbuckling batsmen namely South Africa’s Richard Levi, England’s Gary Ballance and Sri-Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne.

“England trio of Moeen Ali, James Anderson and Adil Rashid feature in the diamond category.”

It is also reported that those players picked in the platinum category would be paid between $182,000 and $300,000.

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