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Former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh to join commentary team for Border-Gavaskar Trophy, replacing Michael Clarke

Following Michael Clarke’s contentious resignation from the Border-Gavaskar Trophy commentary panel, former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh will join Matthew Hayden as Australian commentator for the series’ first two Tests in Nagpur and Delhi.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke was dropped by the BCCI after a video of him arguing with girlfriend Jade Yarbrough went viral on their vacation in Noosa, Queensland. His BCCI contract was terminated after the uproar, since he was alleged to have reconciled with ex-girlfriend Pip Edwards on his tour to the subcontinent.

Mitchell Johnson will be replaced by Mark Waugh for the third and fourth Tests, since the latter will be seen commentating in the ODI series that follows the red-ball assignments. During the 50-over series, Johnson will be joined by fellow Australian and recently retired ODI skipper Aaron Finch, who is now captaining the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL.

Aside from the aforementioned names, several high-profile ex-Aussie cricketers were also on the BCCI’s radar, including Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Simon Katich, Brad Haddin, and Trevor Bayliss, but their commitments to IPL franchises for the upcoming season ruled them out of contention for the commentary stint.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board has given the 2015 World Cup-winning captain a commentary role for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) (PCB). Clarke exposed India’s archrivals’ interest on his radio programme. The PSL will run alongside Australia’s tour of India, which ends on March 22.

“I’ve just been invited to commentate on the Pakistan Premier League, and you should see the internationals they’ve got,” Clarke added, according to reports.