Michael Clarke set for return in Hong Kong T20 Blitz
Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke is expected to make a return to domestic cricket with the Kowloon Cantons side in the Hong Kong Twenty20 Blitz.
The two-day tournament, which will be played on 28th and 29th May, will mark the first domestic fixture Clarke features in since the fifth Ashes Test against England in August 2015.
The 35-year-old, who has played 46 T20 matches in his career, said that he is excited to feature for the Kowloon Cantons in the tournament.
“I am really excited to be playing with the Kowloon Cantons in the upcoming T20 tournament,” Clarke told News Limited.
“I can’t wait to meet my teammates 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.”
Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Cricket Association Tim Cutler termed Clarke’s signing as an incredible achievement which signifies the growth of cricket in East Asia.
“To summarise Michael’s credentials is impossible, he is simply one of the best cricketers of this generation, if not ever,” Cutler said.
“Hong Kong Cricket has delivered many firsts recently, however to have a recent Test Captain who oversaw a famous Ashes whitewash, the 2015 World Cup victory and whom sat atop the world batting rankings a number of times is just incredible.
“Not only does this vindicate the effort in putting the tournament together, it also shows the growth of cricket in East Asia.
“With over 80,000 participants in China there is immense potential in East Asia.
“With rugby and soccer both making strategic plays into the nascent Chinese sporting market we look forward to working with the ICC and ACC in growing cricket throughout the region.”
Clarke is set to leave for Hong Kong on Friday and will play his first T20 game in four years on 28th May against Hung Hom JD Jaguars.
As well as playing in the tournament, Clarke is also set to spend two sessions with the Hong Kong Men’s and Women’s teams in a mentoring role.
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