Clarke confident of advice
Michael Clarke is confident Australia's cricket authorities can offer good advice regarding any security threat posed by the IPL.
Last Updated: 18/02/10 9:30am
Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke says he is confident the country's cricket authorities can determine whether players should contest this year's Indian Premier League.
Clarke, who will not be taking part in this year's tournament, said all the Australian players involved felt comfortable in waiting for security advice from Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association before deciding whether or not to take part.
"I think in this country we are very lucky that we have got Cricket Australia and the ACA that look very closely into those decisions before they are made so I think all the players feel confident they will do that and then the individual players will make their decision," he said.
Threats have already been made to Australians taking part in the IPL, to be held between March 12 and April 25, with the latest coming this week from a Pakistan militant with links to Al-Qaeda.
However, Clarke said security had no bearing on his own decision not to take part - rather the case that the IPL clashes with his international commitments.
The early part of the IPL schedule overlaps with Australia's Test tour of New Zealand and it is followed by the World Twenty20 in the West Indies in May.
"It (security fears) had no impact on me not going to the IPL," Clarke added.
"With us being in New Zealand we would have only been over there (in the IPL) for a couple of weeks anyway and with the Twenty20 World Cup coming after that, I saw it (the IPL) as an opportunity to give my body another couple of weeks off and spend some time with my family and friends."