Duminy to miss IPL 2017

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Duminy will be a big miss for Delhi [Sportzpics]

South African cricketer Jean-Paul Duminy will miss the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League [IPL] due to personal reasons.

Duminy was part of the Delhi Daredevils, the same franchise he has represented since 2014. He even captained the Delhi-based team in the 2015 edition of the league and in two matches last season.

The 32-year-old’s absence will come as a big blow for the Daredevils as he was a crucial member of their team and has an outstanding record in the cash-rich T20 league.

Over the years, he has played 77 matches in the IPL, in which he has scored 1993 runs at an average of 39.86 and a strike-rate of 124.87. He has also chipped in with the ball, with 23 wickets to his name in seven seasons.

Duminy thanked the Daredevils for their support and hopes to be a part of the franchise again in the future.

“It has been a very difficult decision for me to make, but it was for purely personal reasons. I am grateful for the support and understanding from the franchise,” said Duminy.

“It has been an absolute privilege to have played for and led a talented mix of players. I certainly hope to play a part for the franchise in the near future.”

IPL 2017 begins on April 5, with Delhi’s first match scheduled for April 8 against last year’s runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

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Changes to IPL 2017 schedule

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The fixtures between Delhi and Mumbai have been interchanged [Sportzpics]

Due to the upcoming Delhi Municipal elections, the Indian Premier League [IPL] schedule has seen some changes.

With the elections scheduled for April 22, the Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians match that was to be held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on the same day has been postponed to May 6.

The reverse fixture between the two teams at Mumbai has been pushed forward to April 22 and will be held at 8 pm IST [6:30 pm GST].

The other match on April 22 between Rising Pune Supergiant and defending champions SunRisers Hyderabad – which was originally scheduled for 8 pm IST [6:30 pm GST] – is now scheduled for 4 pm IST [2:30 pm GST].

The 2017 edition of the league will start on April 5 with the first match seeing the two finalists of last season – SunRisers and Royal Challengers Bangalore – face each other in Hyderabad.

The final will be held at the same venue on May 21.

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Thakur joins RPS ahead of IPL 2017

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Shardul Thakur.

Fast bowler Shardul Thakur has completed a move to Rising Pune Supergiant ahead of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL).

Thakur was previously part of the Kings XI Punjab squad, featuring in just one match over two seasons.

The 25-year-old has been one of the most impressive bowlers in the Ranji Trophy over the last number of seasons but hasn’t had the opportunity to make his mark in the IPL so far.

Thakur is the second player that RPS have acquired from another franchise ahead of the upcoming season. Earlier, they secured the services of attacking batsman Mayank Agarwal from the Delhi Daredevils.

The Pune-based franchise finished seventh last season and will be hoping for an improved performance this time around. They have already changed their captain, with Australia’s Steve Smith replacing former India skipper MS Dhoni.

The 2017 edition will begin on April 5.

RPS SQUAD

MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis, Mitchell Marsh, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal, Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Dan Christian, Milind Tandon, Rahul Tripathi, Manoj Tiwary, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur.

The squads for all eight franchises can be found here.

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