Michael Clarke rubbishes the rumour about his international comeback

"I have not sent any formal offer to James Sutherland to come back and play cricket" says Clarke.

Michael Clarke has retired from cricket back in 2015 | Getty

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke on Sunday (April 8) busted sorts of myth concerning his international comeback, saying that the story is "out of control".

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Clarke confirmed that he wanted to help the national cricket team after the disgraceful ball-tampering scandal and thus offered his assistance to Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland. However, the 2015 World up winning Aussie skipper made it clear that he had not made a "formal offer" to come back and play international cricket.

In the last few days, reports in Australian media suggest that Clarke will return to the practice nets during his time in India while covering the IPL as a commentator.

“This article is out of control!  Let me make very clear that I  have not sent any formal offer to James Sutherland to come back and play cricket. I sent him a message as a friend offering to help Australian cricket in ANY way I could (this could mean mentoring the under 14s),” Clarke wrote on his official Twitter page.

“I won’t be batting in the nets in India in preparation for a comeback ???????????? and as I have always said the game owes me nothing, I owe it everything. Have a great Sunday ????????” he added.

In an extensive interview with News Corp, Clarke had said he "would do anything to help the Australian cricket team".

He has also expressed his concern about how his offer of help would be received.

"To be honest I'm so nervous about the headline and how it's perceived. But I can't just sit here and do nothing - I feel I owe the game too much,” Clarke had quoted.

Following their investigation of the ball-tampering saga, Cricket Australia had banned former skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner for 12 months, while rookie opener Bancroft was handed a 9-month suspension from international cricket.

Besides the imposed sanctions, CA had also stated that each one of the convicted trio will have to complete 100 hours of community service before being considered for future selection. While Smith and Bancroft will have to wait two years before they are considered for leadership roles, Warner will never again be considered for captaincy as he was found to be the instigator of the plan.

Smith, Warner and Bancroft are still eligible to compete in club cricket, however, they can’t take part in state or international games for the duration of their bans. The quantum of suspension has certainly left a gaping hole in the Australian top order.


By Salman Anjum - 08 Apr, 2018

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