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The IPL’s Pune Warriors have announced plans to sign Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade after failing to lure Michael Clarke to join the franchise.
Wade, who is currently in top form, is free to join any IPL side, after he was paid out of his contract with the Delhi Daredevils.
The Warriors are currently in desperate need for a wicketkeeper, with former Australian keeper, Tim Paine, being ruled out due to a long-term finger injury.
Last season, Paine only played in one match for the Warriors, before Robin Uthappa took his place as the part time keeper.
The Warriors currently only have 23 year old Eklayva Dwivedi, who is their specialist, but highly inexperienced keeper.
But, if Wade were to join Pune, it would only be after Australia’s tour of the Caribbean, meaning that he would only be able to play in the second half of the IPL season, which consists of 14 matches and the finals, depending on whether Pune make it or not.
If Wade were to sign an agreement to play with the Warriors, he would be joining fellow Australians, such as James Hopes, Callum Ferguson and Steve Smith.