Michael Clarke sacked, commentary gig, Australia v India series, fracas in Noosa, video

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Michael Clarke has been dumped as a commentator for Australia’s forthcoming tour of India as the repercussions from his public fracas continue to build up, according to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

The BCCI, India’s cricket board, is looking to replace the ex-Australian captain with other former players following his dispute in Noosa.

Clarke didn’t address the altercation on his return to radio on Monday, but the 41-year-old revealed he had scored another commentary job for February and March, signing up to cover the Pakistan Super League T20 tournament.

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On the Australians’ first visit to India since 2017, they will play four Tests and three one-dayers across February and March.

The BCCI employs commentators to cover home matches, before selling the rights to broadcasters, with Foxtel holding the rights for the looming series.

”I’ve just been asked to commentate on the PSL, the Pakistan Premier League, and you should see the internationals they’ve got,” Clarke said on Big Sports Breakfast.

“So many overseas players are going and playing in that tournament.”

Radio co-host Gerard Middleton addressed the unavoidable at the top of show, Clarke remaining silent.

“Of course (there is) enormous fascination into Clarkey’s life, and we’re just hitting this on the head straight away,” Middleton said.

“It is a private matter that Clarkey’s obviously been dealing with.

“(It’s) a very, very private matter, which unfortunately was made public.

“But there’s a lot of factors at play here, and Clarkey’s made his statement last week, and due to all these factors at play, we’re moving on and we’re moving forward.”

“I’m absolutely gutted I’ve put people I hold in the highest regard in this position. My actions in the lead-up to this altercation were nothing short of shameful and regrettable,” Clarke had said last week.

“I am shattered that because of my actions I’ve drawn women of class and integrity, and my mates, into this situation.”

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