The Carlton Football Club has confirmed that retired cricketer Michael Clarke oddly enquired about a spot on their playing list while visiting the club last month. While Clarke’s previous failed attempts at returning to cricket have been reported on in the past, this is believed to be the first time the polarising figure has attempted a change in sports.
Seemingly inspired by Usain Bolt’s current transition from sprinting superstar to potential pro soccer signee, Clarke reportedly sounded out the Blues in September during a promotional visit to Princes Park. This week, a club insider reluctantly confirmed the rumour, telling The Watsonia Bugle that the whole incident reflected poorly on both parties.
The insider said, “At first I just thought it was a bit sad for Clarkey but then I realised that, by extension, it’s not a great sign for the Navy Blues either. I mean, what makes a retired cricketer with a dodgy back think he can just walk onto an AFL list? I know we’re struggling, but we’re not going that bad are we? Surely!”
While Clarke’s camp remained tight-lipped about any potential change of sport, the knock back from Carlton caps a difficult year for the former Australian skipper. Not only did his coy offer to save Australian cricket fall on deaf ears, he was also excluded from both Channel 7 and Foxtel as those two networks prepare to host the upcoming summer of cricket.