Having shunned the Indian Premier League so far, Australia skipper Michael Clarke could turn out for Pune Warriors in the competition's fifth edition beginning next month.
This was claimed by a team official on Tuesday who requested anonymity. An official of the Sahara Group though termed this as "market gossip."
If he plays, Clarke would be available for the last eight matches, from May 1. Australia end their engagements in the West Indies on April 27. The IPL 5 begins on April 4 and runs till May 27.
In another development, Pune Warriors captain Sourav Ganguly said on Wednesday that the key to the team's success would be how they bat. "Our bowling unit is good and I think overall we have a decent squad. The difference between leading this team and leading India in a series is that here the squad has already been picked," he said.
Having relinquished Bengal captaincy - it requires too much of involvement, he said - Ganguly didn't commit to helming Warriors next season either. "That's too far away and since I quit international cricket in 2008, I have been taking it season by season." Ganguly was speaking after a promotional event.
Before the IPL, Ganguly confirmed he would play for Bengal in the national T20 championship for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Mumbai from March 23 to 27. Ganguly will play under Manoj Tiwary's captaincy. Bengal are the reigning champions.