Clarke, Johnson may figure in IPL next year

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Melbourne, Oct 1 (UNI) Star batsman Michael Clarke and fast bowler Mitchell Johnson have been urged to join the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), tentatively schedules for April next year.

IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi wants both Clarke and Johnson in the league after they opted to bypass the first year of the multi-million dollar Twenty20 tournament.

They decided to rest and work on their game at home before the tour of the West Indies.

''He told me the other night he wants me to play,'' Clarke was quoted as saying by the 'Herald Sun'. ''Lalit was saying there was another auction coming up.

''I have always said I definitely want to be part of the IPL.

It's just about timing for me. I think we have some one-dayers in Pakistan, but the following year we are available for the whole time.'' The salary cap for teams stands at 5.2 million dollar but that may soon double, providing room for Clarke and Johnson in a competition.

Modi wants to shine even more brightly next year by indicating that the event will witness some change in terms of logistics.

''We are looking at a major revamp in terms of our operations and logistics because we spent a lot of money on logistics and operations in our first year,'' Modi said.

''And there are going to be new players who are looking at joining the IPL, from Australia too. We hope Clarke and Johnson will join. For that, teams will need to create a space,'' he added.


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