The international duties of Australian skipper Michael Clarke have forced him out of the Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder.
The 33-year-old top order batsman said he would like to withdraw and let a youngster replace him, as he anticipates busy schedule for his national side.
“I think it is in the best interests of the club if I make myself unavailable for selection this season and allow the Thunder the chance to offer a contract to a younger player who would really benefit from the opportunity,” Clarke said.
The Australian team will have a very busy schedule in December-January. They have a five-match test series against India then a tri-nation one-day series against India and England. Because of the hectic scheduling, the national players are likely to miss most of the BBL matches.
Clarke has been with the Thunder for the past two seasons but is yet to make his debut in Australian domestic Twenty20 competition. He remains hopeful of playing for them.
“I will continue to support the club and monitor the situation in future seasons regarding availability,” Clarke said. – Md Zahin
Top photo from Michael Clarke’s Twitter.