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Clarke ruled out of IPL

Australian captain Michael Clarke was on Tuesday ruled out of IPL, starting next week, as he has been advised to take rest for at least seven weeks under the rehabilitation programme for his chronic back injury. Clarke, who was bought by Pune Warriors for USD 4,00,000 in the IPL auctions early this year, underwent scans for his back and hamstring problems soon after he arrived home from India where his side suffered a humiliating 0-4 Test series whitewash.

Cricket Australia chief medical officer Justin Paoloni said that Clarke would need at least 7-10 weeks rest as part of rehabilitation programme for the degenerative disc problem that has afflicted him since 17 years of age. Clarke missed the fourth and final Test against India in New Delhi, which Australia lost inside three days. ‘Michael Clarke had scans that confirmed his current lower back injury is an exacerbation of previous issues he has had with his spine. Michael is having intensive rehabilitation for both his back and hamstring but is still 7-10 weeks away from returning to training and playing,’ Paoloni said in a CA statement.

‘As always, we need to manage this carefully as there are potentially serious consequences with further aggravation. He still has pain with basic activities and is not back to full function as yet,’ he said.

‘Michael's intensive rehabilitation program will be overseen by the CA medical team and back specialists in Australia,’ he added.

Clarke's injury status and the rehabilitation programme meant that he will miss the April 3-May 26 IPL. It also laid to rest speculations that he could be coaxed to captain Pune Warriors in the cash-rich Twenty20 League by offering USD two million following reluctance shown by Yuvraj Singh.


BANGALORE: IPL matches scheduled to be held in the city on May 4 and 6, could either be shifted or rescheduled owing to Assembly elections in Karnataka. ‘The matches on May 4 and 6 will be either shifted or rescheduled owing to Assembly elections in Karnataka. We will arrive at a decision in a couple of days,’ a KSCA official said.

The Karnataka Assembly election is scheduled on May 5 and counting of votes will take place on May 8. The KSCA held a meeting after Bangalore Police Commissioner Jotiprakash Mirji expressed his inability to provide security to the IPL matches due to elections, the official said.

‘It will not be possible for us to provide security for the matches as our officers would be deployed for elections,’ Mirji told reporters here. Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad are scheduled to play their away matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 4 and 6, respectively.


BANGALORE: IPL outfit Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday started their training camp ahead of the sixth edition of the upcoming tournament. RCB play their first match against Mumbai Indians on April 4, a day after the tournament’s kick-off. Eight RCB players got down to bowling, batting and fielding practice at NCA under the watchful eyes of coach Ray Jennings.
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