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Indo-Asian News Service
Sydney, March 26, 2013
Australian captain Michael Clarke was on Tuesday ruled out of IPL, starting next week, as he has been advised to take rest for at least seven weeks under the rehabilitation programme for his chronic back injury.

Clarke, who was bought by Pune Warriors for $ 4,00,000 in the IPL auctions early this year, underwent scans for his back and hamstring problems soon after he arrived home from India where his side suffered a humiliating 0-4 Test series whitewash.

Cricket Australia Chief Medical Officer Justin Paoloni said that Clarke would need at least 7-10 weeks rest as part of rehabilitation programme for the degenerative disc problem that has afflicted him since 17 years of age.

“Michael Clarke had scans that confirmed his current lower back injury is an exacerbation of previous issues he has had with his spine. Michael is having intensive rehabilitation for both his back and hamstring but is still 7-10 weeks away from returning to training and playing,” Paoloni said in a CA statement.

Leading RCB will help Kohli: Jennings
Bangalore: Leading a top IPL franchise like Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League will be a “stepping stone” for the talented Virat Kohli to get ready for a bigger role with the Indian team, feels coach Ray Jennings.

“Kohli needs to make sure he gets his captaincy right. Dhoni is not going to be around for a long time. He needs to be ready for India and captaining RCB is a stepping stone for Kohli to take over from Dhoni,” Jenings said after a training session on Tuesday.

“Kohli has the ability to lead the Indian team and also is very fiery which is a good thing for RCB.”

Jennings said the team is lot stronger than last year, but T20 is a strange game, anything can happen in 120 balls. “If guys click, we make huge scores, but if they get out first ball, we lose,” he said.

The coach also said after having performed wonderfully against all top Test squads, Cheteshwar Pujara's challenge is to play the same level of cricket in T20.

“We all know he is a good player,” he said.

Jennings said Pujara would be out of action for two to three weeks, but the support staff would be monitoring his fitness.

Royal Challengers start training
Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore started their training camp ahead of the sixth edition of the upcoming cash-rich T20 tournament.

RCB play their first match against Mumbai Indians on April 4, a day after the tournament’s kick-off.

As many as eight RCB players got down to bowling, batting and fielding practice at the National Cricket Academy under the watchful eyes of coach Ray Jennings.

Pankaj Singh, Vijay Zol, Sheldon Jackson, Abhinav Mukund, Harshal Patel, Arun Karthik, Syed Mohammad and K P Appanna were seen training. Zaheer Khan, who arrived in the city, preferred to rest.

Prasanth signs up for Sunrisers
Kochi: Kerala left-arm spinner P Prasanth on Tuesday signed up for Sunrisers Hydrabad for the coming IPL season.

Prasanth, who hails from Thiruvananthapuram, has been a consistant performer for Kerala in the recent past in junior and senior categories and is a member of the current team playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in which kerala have qualified to play in the super league, a Kerala Cricket Association press release said.

In the last match against Goa, he took four wickets and won the match for Kerala.

Employed at Southern Railways, Prasanth was a member of Kochi Tuskers Kerala.