Former Australian captain Michael Clarke will begin the Premier Cricket season with Western Suburbs.
A Wests stalwart for 20 years, Clarke has committed to playing the opening three rounds, which are all one-day matches.
His first match will be on Saturday 24 September against Mosman at Allan Border Oval with subsequent matches against Randwick Petersham and Parramatta.
All three games are away, with Wests home ground Pratten Park unavailable until the end of October because of refurbishment.
After retiring from international and state cricket following the 2015 Ashes tour and then deciding not to take up a playing contract with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, Clarke played a game for Wests last February, scoring 48 and 30.
In May he was the marquee player for Hong Kong’s inaugural T20 Blitz, where he was in the same team as 16-year-old Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane.
A Nepal Under 19 player, Lamichhane so impressed Clarke that he has arranged for the teenager to play for Western Suburbs and join Clarke’s academy this season.
Lamichhane was the second-highest wicket-taker at the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year, with 14 wickets and a best of 5 for 27 against Ireland. His performance also earned him praise from former Australia legspinner Shane Warne.
Western Suburbs first three round
Round 1: Sat 24 Sep(9:30 AM) Mosman v Western Suburbs Allan Border Oval
Round 2: Sat 1 Oct(9:30 AM) Randwick Petersham v Western Suburbs Petersham Oval
Round 3: Sat 8 Oct, 15 Oct(10:30 AM) Parramatta v Western Suburbs Old Kings Oval