Clarke to sign $1m contract with bat sponsor


MELBOURNE — Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke is reportedly slated to sign a contract worth over one million dollars with a bat sponsor.

Clarke has reportedly inked a contract with bat manufacturer Spartan Sports.

“The last I heard, there was a handshake agreement and a contract for a three-year deal with Spartan worth seven figures,” a source reportedly told an Australian publication Fairfax yesterday.

The news comes after Clarke made a record of 329 runs not out against India in the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Clarke played without any logos on his bat during the Sydney Test after ending his 18-year association with Slazenger.

Clarke is expected to become the company’s sports ambassadors, which include New Zealand Rugby league player Benji Marshall, injured fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, boxing champion Daniel Geale, netballer Laura Geitz and women’s footballer Kyah Simon.