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    IPL 5: Pune Warriors sign Michael Clarke

    The Australian Test and ODI captain will be a part of the Pune franchise for the upcoming season.

    New Delhi: Pune Warriors India have roped in Australia's Test and ODI captain Michael Clarke for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting from April 4.

    "We are thrilled to have Michael Clarke on board. The reigning Australian skipper is one of the world's best cricketers. His presence in the side, and cricketing proficiency, will boost the prospects of Pune Warriors India in the DLF IPL 2012," Sushanto Roy, managing director, Sahara Adventure Sports Ltd, said in a statement.

    It is the first time that Clarke will be a part of the IPL. "Clarke was exceptional in the recent Test series against India, as batsman and captain. He is a very popular cricketer in India, and followers of the sport are looking forward to his participation," Rajeev Shukla, the IPL chairman, was quoted as saying in the same statement.

    The Australian players will miss the first three weeks of the IPL because of an upcoming Test series in the West Indies, but will be available for the final month of May.

    The fifth edition of the IPL will be played from April 4 to May 27.