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Dollar signs won't dazzle JP Duminy

He has become South Africa’s highest-paid player in the parallel cricket universe that is the Indian Premier League, but JP Duminy is not about to be distracted from giving his all for the Cape Cobras in the Standard Bank Pro20 semifinals this week.

Duminy was signed by the Mumbai Indians for US950000 at Friday’s auction for new players for the league that pays cricketers more for six weeks of action than many earn in a lifetime.

Duminy won’t earn the full amount in his first year of a two- year deal.

He will miss the start of the IPL on April 10 because he will be playing for South Africa in a one-day series against Australia which ends a week later.

“I never imagined earning so much money from playing cricket,” he said. “Money can do a lot of things but that’s not why I play cricket.”

The left-hander is determined to keep the same level-headed approach which made him one of the stars of the tour of Australia. He marked his return to franchise cricket with a classy 56 in the Cobras’ tied match against the Lions on Wednesday.

Proteas’ captain Graeme Smith is also likely to line up for the Cobras in the semifinals, which start on Wednesday.

Friday’s results meant the Titans and Lions were eliminated.

In today’s final round-robin matches the Dolphins, at home against the Lions, and the Warriors, away to the Eagles, will be trying to secure top spot on the log.

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