7 players traded as IPL window closes
The closure of the one-month trading window for the DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) saw a total of seven players being traded.
In addition to the trades, four temporary replacements from the inaugural season were resigned by their respective franchises and three of cricket’s young players are now set to make their debut in the second season of the DLF IPL.
In all, 17 players were subject to enquiries from more than one franchisee. Finally, seven players were traded. The star trade being Zaheer Khan (of the Bangalore Royal Challengers) who was traded for Robin Uthappa (of the Mumbai Indians). Both of them will now turn out for their respective home cities.
The other trades include Ashish Nehra of the Mumbai Indians going for the very successful Shikhar Dhawan of the Delhi Daredevils.
In a three-way-trade, Jaydev Shah of the Rajasthan Royals will move to the Mumbai Indians, Gaurav Dhiman of the Mumbai Indians will turn out for the Bangalore Royal Challengers, and Pankaj Singh (again of the Rajasthan Royals) will don the red for the Bangalore Royal Challengers in season II.
In all, there were 82 enquiries made for 54 players, with 36 enquiries coming in for the Indian players and 18 for the overseas cricketers that electrified the inaugural season.
In addition to all the trading activity, the eight franchises in the DLF Indian Premier League have also been adding to their roster of overseas players in their squad during the current trading window. With the number of overseas players in the squad permitted to be 10 in the forthcoming DLF IPL season, the franchises have signed up up-and-coming young players.
The Delhi Daredevils has picked up uncapped Australian cricketers David Warner and Andrew McDonald. The Deccan Chargers have also picked up Aussie Ryan Harris.
MacDonald featured in Australia’s test match victory at the SCG against South Africa at the start of this month, while Warner made a sensational Twenty20 international debut against South Africa at the MCG.
Delhi Daredevils COO Amrit Mathur said, “We are really delighted to have signed David. His debut game for Australia the other day has been sensational and we are hoping he will carry forward this brilliance into season 2 of the DLF IPL.”
Warner said, “I am thrilled to be joining the Delhi Daredevils, and I can’t wait to play in the IPL. My international debut has given me a taste of what it is like to score runs in front of a big crowd, and I am looking forward to more of the same in India. Playing alongside, top players from all over the world like Virender Sehwag, Glen McGrath and Daniel Vettori is going to be an amazing experience.”
As the franchises put the finishing touches to their squads, the Kolkata Knight Riders have signed two of their 'replacement' players from 2008 onto longer term contracts. The are the new Sri Lankan spin sensation - Ajantha Mendis and Australian - Brad Hodge. The Mumbai Indians also signed on Dwayne Bravo, while the Chennai Super Kings inked a long term contract with Chamara Kapugedera.
DLF IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi says, “I know that all the franchises are putting in a lot of work to ensure that their playing squads are even better than last season. The second player’s auction at Goa on 6 February will be an opportunity to sign some experienced internationals to complete their playing squads."
Adding further, Modi tates, "Following the Goa auction, I believe that we will have most of the world’s top cricketers registered to play in the DLF IPL. But, I am particularly pleased to see franchises investing in the gen-next of world cricket with the addition of many top young players. One of the most exciting aspects of last season was seeing some of the young players really develop and enhance their reputations – players like Yusuf Pathan, Shaun Marsh and Shikhar Dhawan."