Champions League T20 2012 September 15, 2012

Jayawardene to lead Daredevils in CLT20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mahela Jayawardene will captain IPL team Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League T20 in October after Virender Sehwag asked the franchise to be relieved of the responsibility. Sehwag had led Daredevils in four out of five IPL seasons but said he now wanted to focus on his batting.

"Viru told us a few months ago that he wanted to bat freely and suggested that we make Mahela the captain of the side," Delhi Daredevils mentor TA Sekar said.

Daredevils are in Group A of the CLT20, with Kolkata Knight Riders, Perth Scorchers, Titans and a qualifier. Group B comprises Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Sydney Sixers, Highveld Lions and a qualifier. The qualifiers will be two teams out of Trinidad and Tobago, Sialkot Stallions, Uva Next, Yorkshire, Hampshire and Auckland Aces. The tournament begins on October 9 in South Africa.

Delhi Daredevils: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), David Warner, Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor, Morne Morkel, Andre Russell, Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Venugopal Rao, Pawan Negi, Naman Ojha (wk), Ajit Agarkar, Unmukt Chand, Aavishkar Salvi.*

September 21, 2012. 0700 GMT - This was amended to state that Aavishkar Salvi had replaced Varun Aaron, who was ruled out of the tournament as he is to undergo tonsillectomy

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  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    What happened to shahbaz nadeem,the best economic bowler from the team

  • Varun on September 15, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    My DD XI: DA Warner, V Sehwag, KP Pietersen, DPMD Jayawardene (C), NV Ojha (wk), Y Venugopal Rao, IK Pathan, AB Agarkar / P Negi, M Morkel, UT Yadav, S Nadeem. Maybe U Chand could be tried out in the top order.

  • rama on September 15, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    where is shabaaz nadeem...he is one of the good bowlers for DD..and the team desperately need him as he is a quality spinner!

  • joseph on September 15, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Jayawerdene, pls don't do any blunder of leaving out morkel. Jayawerdene, Pieterson, Morkel and who is the fourth

  • kevin on September 15, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    where is nadeem and varun aaron?????????????/

  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    It is a very interesting decission made by viru pa ji... Hope for the best. I am sure this time DD will make me happy by winning the CLT20 title....

    Best of luck DD nd Viru pa ji...

  • Siddharth on September 15, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    MJ should have been benched instead he is asked to lead the side. I cant see him playing in top 3 and don't think he can be better than either Taylor or Russell down the order. With Morne and KP walking in DD will have to bench 2 of Warner,Taylor and Russell for a player who will score 30-40 runs at just over run a ball, something that can be matched by the combination of Venu & Ojha. Horrible decision DD.

  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    where is varun aaron?????

  • sam on September 15, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    The team doesn't have a good spinner. In T20 you need at least one fine spinner to bring some control in case all your fast bowlers start getting hammered.

  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    On paper, this team looks stronger than than the recently chosen ICC 2011-12 one day team. Good to see that Veeru has had a reality check. This augurs well for Daredevils. Kevin Pietersen would also like to prove a point or two. I think, Daredevils are going to perform well in Champions League T20.

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