Clarke pulls out of Indian Premier League

Updated: 05 February 2009 08:25 IST

Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke says he will not play in this year's Indian Premier League.

Clarke pulls out of Indian Premier League

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$)
Australia
1 Aaron Bird 45,000
2 Brett Geeves 45,000
3 Bryce McGain 50,000
4 Daniel Harris 50,000
5 Dominic Thornley 50,000
6 George Bailey 50,000
7 Jonathan Moss 50,000
8 Michael Dighton 85,000
9 Michael Hill 50,000
10 Phil Jacques 100,000
11 Shane Harwood 75,000
12 Shaun Tait 250,000
13 Steven Smith 75,000
14 Stuart Clark 250,000
Bangladesh
15 Mashrafe Bin Mortaza 50,000
16 Mohammad Ashraful 75,000
17 Shakib Al Hasan 75,000
18 Tamim Iqbal 50,000
England
19 Andrew Flintoff 950,000
20 Kevin Pietersen 1,350,000
21 Luke Wright 150,000
22 Owais Shah 150,000
23 Paul Collingwood 250,000
24 Ravi Bopara 150,000
25 Samit Patel 100,000
New Zealand
26 James Franklin 50,000
27 Jesse Ryder 100,000
28 Kyle Mills 150,000
South Africa
29 Gulam Bodi 100,000
30 J P Duminy 300,000
31 Morne Van Wyk 100,000
32 Tyron Henderson 100,000
33 Yusuf Abdullah 25,000
Sri Lanka
34 Chamara Kapugadera 150,000
35 Kaushalya Weereratne 50,000
36 Nuwan Kulasekera 100,000
37 Thilan Thushara 100,000
West Indies
38 Dwayne Smith TBC
39 Fidel Edwards 150,000
40 Jerome Taylor TBC
41 Kemar Roach 50,000
42 Kieron Pollard 60,000



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