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Clarke to star in Hong Kong T20

By The Assam Tribune
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HONG KONG, May 11: Former Australia captain Michael Clarke will headline Hong Kong�s Twenty20 Blitz this month as he pursues a comeback in cricket�s shortest form.

Clarke, one of the top batsmen of his generation, will star at the four-team tournament from May 28-29 in a rare appearance since his retirement last year.

�While I have never been to Hong Kong before, I have heard so much about what a great place it is for sport,� he said in a statement from organisers on Wednesday.

�I can�t wait to meet my team-mates and experience the city, while also hopefully contributing to the game of cricket in Hong Kong which I know has been coming on leaps and bounds in recent years.�

Injury-plagued Clarke, 35, retired last August after playing 115 Tests for Australia, 47 as captain, and 245 one-day internationals, but only 34 T20 internationals.

Clarke returned to action in a Sydney club game in February, and he has also held talks with the Sydney Sixers about playing in Australia�s Twenty20 Big Bash League.

T20 cricket can be a big money-spinner for players, with Australian veteran Shane Watson netting a US$1.4 million contract at this year�s Indian Premier League auction.

Organisers said they were delighted to welcome Clarke to the T20 Blitz, which follows Hong Kong�s appearance at this year�s World Twenty20 tournament.

�To summarise Michael�s credentials is impossible, he is simply one of the best cricketers of this generation, if not ever,� said Hong Kong Cricket Association chief Tim Cutler. � AFP

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