Clarke opts out of the t20 Big Bash League
Australian Test skipper Michael Clarke has announced he will not take part in the inaugural KFC t20 Big Bash League which kicks off at the start of December.
"With the greatest respect to everybody involved in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, I will not be committing for this year," said Clarke.
"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," he added.
"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."
"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."