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Saker raises doubts over McGrath recall

Delhi Daredevils stand-in coach David Saker has questioned his team's decision to recall Glenn McGrath for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

"McGrath has not played any form of cricket for more than a year. It doesn't make too much sense," Saker was quoted as saying in the Indian Express newspaper.

"I don't want to be in a position to bring him and not play him."

The Daredevils, coached by former Victorian quick Saker, host the Bushrangers in their opening match at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla early Saturday morning Australian time.

"Glenn McGrath has replaced Paul Collingwood in the Delhi Daredevils squad," Champions League organisers said in a statement.

Collingwood suffered a strained buttock-muscle injury during England's Champions Trophy campaign in South Africa.

Three-time World Cup winner McGrath, 39, was part of Delhi's squad in the Indian Premier League T20 tournament in South Africa earlier this year but didn't play a match.

Apart from losing England all-rounder Collingwood, the Daredevils are also missing New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori, who has a hamstring injury, and South African batsman AB De Villiers (back soreness).

Bushrangers mentor Greg Shipperd coached the Daredevils in this year's IPL, but has handed over to Saker for the Champions League to allow Shipperd to be in charge of Victoria, who qualified for the event as BigBash finalists alongside NSW.

source - smh.com.au
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