Clarke chickened out fearing no takers for him: Modi

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi retaliated to Michael Clarke's last-minute withdrawal from the auction, saying he feared remaining unsold.

Updated: February 05, 2009 08:49 IST
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New Delhi:

Indian Premier League Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi on Thursday retaliated to Michael Clarke's last-minute withdrawal from the second season of IPL, saying the Australian vice-captain feared remaining unsold.

Clarke, who preferred to take rest and spend time with family instead of playing in the IPL ahead of the busy international season, was tagged a whopping $1 million for Friday's auction where now 42 players, including England's Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, will go under the hammer.

"I don't think anybody is ready to pay that kind of price," Modi said.

"The reality is in front of him. He didn't want to be unsold in the auction and so decided to pull-out," an upset Modi said.

"We asked him to reduce price but he was unwilling," he added.

Clarke had given a miss to the inaugural season of the IPL as well owing to a hectic international commitment. Modi, however, said the IPL had this year waived off penalty for last moment pull out.

"Unfortunately, he pulled out earlier and there was penalty in the first year but this year we have waived off the penalty and I don't think we will be able to move forward like this.

"We will discuss the matter in our governing council and have the answer by this evening," he added.

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