New Delhi:Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke on Thursday said he would not play in this year's Indian Premier League.
Clarke said he decided to skip the Twenty20 tournament because Australia has a busy international schedule coming up.
"I won't be going to the IPL,'' Clarke said. "The most important thing for me is we've only got a couple of weeks off, we've got a very busy schedule.
"With me, with my body and time with my family, I want time off this year.''
But Clarke said his decision did not mean that he could not understand why so many other players wanted to play in the Indian competition.
"It's a wonderful thing for cricket, it's definitely improved Twenty20 cricket, its played a part in improving one-day cricket,'' he said.
"The lead-up to the Twenty20 World Championships is the IPL so it's good preparation so it does not surprise me that a lot of players are going.''
Meanwhile, IPL Chairman Lalit Modi said Michael Clarke pulled out of the IPL because he was not getting the price he demanded.
|Sr. no||Player||Reserve Price (in US$)|
|15||Mashrafe Bin Mortaza||50,000|
|17||Shakib Al Hasan||75,000|
|30||J P Duminy||300,000|
|31||Morne Van Wyk||100,000|