New Delhi: Australia’s Test and ODI captain Michael Clarke is returning home, on Saturday, for a “scan” to determine the extent of his back injury, which made him miss the Kotla Test.
The report, clearly, will be eagerly awaited not just by Cricket Australia, but the management of IPL franchise Pune Warriors India as well.
There’s plenty riding on Clarke’s back.
According to The Telegraph’s sources, Clarke has emerged the No.1 choice to captain the Warriors after Yuvraj Singh, who led in its debut year (2011), expressed a desire to exclusively focus on his game.
Yuvraj, then in the rehab stage after being treated for cancer, hadn’t been available last year. The captaincy went to Sourav Ganguly.
One of the sources said on Friday: “Yuvraj and the management had mutually decided that he’d be a senior player without the responsibility of captaining... That could change if Clarke is ruled out for a period of time.”
If Clarke isn’t available at the start (assuming he’s himself keen to captain) and Yuvraj stays firm on not captaining, then the top job may go to Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews.
The IPL’s sixth edition is only weeks away, so the Warriors must quickly decide on the captaincy issue.