Posted: 2 September, 2015
Michael Clarke confirms that he will not play for the Melbourne Stars this season
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Michael Clarke says he just needs some time away from cricket to allow his body and mind to recover after devoting his life to the game.
The former Aussie skipper has stepped away from all playing commitments for the upcoming season but told Triple M's Hot Breakfast he's still open to returning beyond that.
MELBOURNE STARS STATEMENT:
The Melbourne Stars today confirmed that former Australian Captain, Michael Clarke, has decided to withdraw from the Melbourne Stars list this summer.
After retiring from all international cricket this year, Michael has decided to have a complete and well-earned rest from all forms of the game for the foreseeable future.
Following consultation with family and friends since the end of the Ashes campaign, Clarke said he had made the difficult decision to withdraw from all cricket commitments this summer.
Commenting on his decision, Clarke said “I think with all the emotion over the last 10 months or so, I felt now was the right time to have some meaningful time away from the game and focus on the next exciting phase of my life, which will include the birth of our first child.”
“I have made this decision now, as I didn’t want to let the Stars down if I wasn’t 100% committed to playing.
“I will reassess everything cricket related sometime in the new year.
“The Stars have been particularly supportive of me and I’m sure I will be involved with this fantastic Club in some capacity in the future,” said Clarke.
President Eddie McGuire reiterated the Club’s support of Michael and his decision.
“Michael’s decision to take a break from the game well ahead of the BBL season, gives the Club the best opportunity to appoint his replacement,” said McGuire.
“Michael has been a wonderful servant of the game, not only here in Australia but worldwide, for many years and whilst he won’t be playing with the Stars this year as everyone had hoped, I am sure that Michael will remain involved with the Club in some capacity in the future.”
With Clarke stepping down this summer, the Stars will have the opportunity to replace him prior to when BBL 05 gets underway.
CEO Clint Cooper said, “Whilst we are saddened for fans to not be able to see Michael Clarke play with the Stars this summer, we are absolutely confident that the squad we have assembled has the capability and flexibility to perform well this summer.”
The List Management Group, led by Trent Woodhill, is currently considering options to replace Clarke, including opportunities in the upcoming trade period.
The Melbourne Stars Board will look to announce a new Captain for BBL|05 within the next week.