IPL news April 4, 2011

Pune wait on Mathews fitness

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Pune Warriors have not ruled out playing Sri Lanka allrounder Angelo Mathews in the IPL despite the player saying he has a pulled muscle that will take about eight weeks to heal.

The franchise wants to have their team physio evaluate the player's injury and decide whether or not Mathews can recover in time to play a part in the tournament, Abhijit Sarkar, director of Sahara Adventure Sports Limited, told ESPNcricinfo. The franchise begins its final camp for the tournament on Tuesday at the DY Patil stadium in Mumbai, and Mathews will be examined over the next few days. If it is determined that his injury will not heal in time, then the team will look for a replacement player.

Mathews left the field during the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand with a minor quadriceps muscle injury, and his movement was hampered when he came out to bat with a runner. He played a crucial role in Sri Lanka's campaign, as back-up seamer and middle-order batsman, and Sri Lanka missed his all-round skills in the final, which they lost by six wickets. His place in the squad was taken by offspinner Suraj Randiv.

A rash of injured players has forced a number of franchises to scrimmage for replacement players. Kings XI Punjab signed Ryan McLaren after losing Stuart Broad and Dimitri Mascarenhas to long-term injuries. Mumbai Indians have also signed a replacement player, snapping up Sri Lanka fast bowler Dilhara Fernando for Australia fast bowler Clint Mckay, while Deccan Chargers have to do without the services of Kevin Pietersen, who is recovering from hernia surgery.

Australian allrounder Moises Henriques is the latest addition to the list of injured. "For the Mumbai fans, I've just had surgery and won't be able to take part in this years IPL," Henriques tweeted. "Very disappointing but I'll see you next year!"

Under IPL rules, the replacements have to be chosen from the pool of players who went unsold in the January auction, and cannot be paid more than the players they are replacing, though they can be paid less, depending on their base price in the auction. This limits the choice of players to those whose base price is equivalent to, or less than, the players being replaced.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • Sreerang on April 7, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    I am surprised by the Dada fans. Beyond doubt Ganguly was a very good player and an even better captain. But time & age catch up with everybody. One has to accept that & move on. I would rather remember him as a great player & captain than a failure in IPL.

  • on April 6, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    who is this dada everyone keeps talking about?? :S :S

  • stormy16 on April 6, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    This could be SL's next captain and I am afraid SLC should have the final say and no one else but I guess that's just the way things works these days which is the way it goes. Mathews should put country before IPL right? Sure but who pays the bills?

  • ajaygodbole on April 6, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Get Dada. Dada can be a handy bowler and he is also a good batsman. He brings the experience which can be very useful to Pune

  • on April 6, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    SOURAV GANGULY will be d best possible replacement!

  • vithush11 on April 6, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    IPL 2011 is not being telecast in Australia. Its apparently in a court case. Why does IPL always have to do this.............

  • on April 6, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    take dada please........please please please........................................we knw dada will show his power.....moreover mr abhijit sarkar also wants dada we know.......i request to pune team management to take DADA.....................He is also a all rounder.....

  • on April 6, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Hi guys Its very difficult for Sourav ganguly to make IPL 2011 as all franchisees looking for other players for the replacement of their injured players, moreover sourav's base price also high compare to the players who have in the injuries list. Even Sourav didnt want to make IP berth through back door entry and its not fare for such a gentle cricketer who served for the country for many years and brought team INDIA to high class team in his tenure. Once again bad luck for Sourav!!!!!!!!!

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on April 6, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    @Indian fans:Hikiz who is dada or sourav or ganguly?only one can do the replacement part?if u have dwaine bravo then take him.no one can replace angelo

  • on April 5, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    A big blow for Angelo if he cannot make it.

    I cannot understand why Dada fans still dream of Sourav Ganguly playing in IPL. Get over it.

  • Sreerang on April 7, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    I am surprised by the Dada fans. Beyond doubt Ganguly was a very good player and an even better captain. But time & age catch up with everybody. One has to accept that & move on. I would rather remember him as a great player & captain than a failure in IPL.

  • on April 6, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    who is this dada everyone keeps talking about?? :S :S

  • stormy16 on April 6, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    This could be SL's next captain and I am afraid SLC should have the final say and no one else but I guess that's just the way things works these days which is the way it goes. Mathews should put country before IPL right? Sure but who pays the bills?

  • ajaygodbole on April 6, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Get Dada. Dada can be a handy bowler and he is also a good batsman. He brings the experience which can be very useful to Pune

  • on April 6, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    SOURAV GANGULY will be d best possible replacement!

  • vithush11 on April 6, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    IPL 2011 is not being telecast in Australia. Its apparently in a court case. Why does IPL always have to do this.............

  • on April 6, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    take dada please........please please please........................................we knw dada will show his power.....moreover mr abhijit sarkar also wants dada we know.......i request to pune team management to take DADA.....................He is also a all rounder.....

  • on April 6, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Hi guys Its very difficult for Sourav ganguly to make IPL 2011 as all franchisees looking for other players for the replacement of their injured players, moreover sourav's base price also high compare to the players who have in the injuries list. Even Sourav didnt want to make IP berth through back door entry and its not fare for such a gentle cricketer who served for the country for many years and brought team INDIA to high class team in his tenure. Once again bad luck for Sourav!!!!!!!!!

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on April 6, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    @Indian fans:Hikiz who is dada or sourav or ganguly?only one can do the replacement part?if u have dwaine bravo then take him.no one can replace angelo

  • on April 5, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    A big blow for Angelo if he cannot make it.

    I cannot understand why Dada fans still dream of Sourav Ganguly playing in IPL. Get over it.

  • jrjegon on April 5, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Does anyone understand the fixture of 2011 IPL??? CSK is playing Punjab, Mumbai, Deccan and Delhi only once as per the latest fixture. How do they come up with such a illogical fixture???

  • sanjoy86 on April 5, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Pune go for Ganguly...this is the call of destiny..it has to be Sourav..He still has some fuel left in his tank to burn out and entertain all of India..

  • on April 5, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    @Delan Pune needs a confirmation on the Injury status so that they can get another player. That's why the tests. Nobody wants to field an injured player. They just want to get a second opinion which is fair. @sebastian - best choice no doubt

  • pritam_nd_pomi on April 5, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Pune has already named Yuvi as the captain...and now after the WC we all know in what position Yuvi is....so there is no chance of dada being captain of Pune, if picked.....and Pune will probably not want to face the embarrasing situation...dada playing under Yuvi....otherwise this would have been the perfect place for dada...

  • pritam_nd_pomi on April 5, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Dada will probably( as it looked from the rules) not be able to replace Angelo Mathews as dada's base price is higher than Mathews price....

  • yorkslanka on April 5, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    maharoof has signed for lancashire, here in england for the county season...would have been a good replacement though

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Mathews knows how his body is .. You dont need a Physio to tell him whether he is fit or not fit , if he is not fit, he will definitely know that .. so why are they delaying the process in naming a new player? he is SL's next skipper and im glad he has shown some responsibily in making such a brave decision! After all, we have to play England and Aus later on in the year so we need him to be fit

  • sasikiran on April 5, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    DC need to have an Indian player to open along with Dhawan. I feel Ganguly will be a great choice, as they have to replace KP with someone.

  • sasikiran on April 5, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    DC need to have an Indian player to open along with Dhawan. I feel Ganguly will be a great choice, as they have to replace KP with someone.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Very odd; Jacob Oram who is in very good form still ignored...

  • jorock on April 5, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    I think Dada should join Kochi Tuskers because they lack attacking batsmen and this will have a brand new effect for the new team.

  • MENDIS_Forever on April 5, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Take Jacob oram. He is a good allrounder. BTW.. do u want water boys for the tournament? We will give u Kapugedera.He deserves the job.!!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 5, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    DADA is OLD and having BADA he is not suitable at all. GEt a young blood.

  • Poontz on April 5, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    HE SHOULD BE REPLACED BY LARA.

  • on April 5, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    common fellas........In last edition of IPL Sourav Ganguly was very consistent...further more he's a destructive player once he gets settled....and he has proven that in the last edition too by banging 3 sixes in praghyan ojha's over....even if he give's a stand, sticking at one end...the other end batsman can fire against the bowlers......and he brings huge support from his fans to the team who ever opts him.

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Dada is a out of form batsman and Mathews is a damn good all rounder who is currently in form.. so that is out of option.. What about Farveez Maharoof?? he should do the job for Pune!!!

  • on April 4, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    If angelo is not available then get Jacob Oram

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    Not surprising, but SLC should step in and say no! It's not the first time he has had such an injury, he is a key memeber of the SL side and need time to recover. SL have a test tour to england which is far more important than the IPl, and he is required with bat and ball!

  • NP_NY on April 4, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    I know SL cricket fans don't like this, but if you look at any professional sports league (NFL, NBA or Europaen/SA soccer leagues), the team physio will need to evaluate the player. It's not just the player's call. This is business!

  • on April 4, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Mathews will be the key man for Pune Warriors and will help as a good all rounder..so he should be fit till the first match of pune

  • on April 4, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    dada should be in IPL 2011.................... ....

  • CSreekumar on April 4, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    DADA in IPL? If Kolkata dont want him, who the hell chose him. Pathetic fate of a wonderful cricketer. Lara/Gayle will complete the list...

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    We want DADA !! How can IPL be IPL without DADA !

  • JoydeepGupta on April 4, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    come on Pune, take Dada..entire India will cheer for you...!! we all want to see those cover drives and lofted sixes again..that will be a good follow up to our fantastic WC triumph..

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Can the unsold players lower their base price now to be chosen as the replacements??I guess players like Wasim Jaffer and all have done nothing wrong domestically to be out of the "domestic Indian" tournament....Ya Dada for Deccan would be the perfect foil as they need a captain..none of their captains will play for the length of the season including Sanga and they need an opener too...

  • randika_ayya on April 4, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Common, how can a franchise determine the playing fitness of a top International player. Sri Lanka need him to recover fully in time for the England tour, I'm certain he will not opt to play in the domestic leagues like IPL till he's 100% fit. Mathews is an intelligent, mature young man.

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Gihan says it.....we need mathews "mother country comes first...." we need u for the england tour...!

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    dada should be in IPL ...even deccan needs replacement..hurry up guyz dada is hot cake../

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Take Dada as Replacement.. We want him in IPL 2011..

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    dont mathews...dont go please??????????? stay in lanka and get fit quickly.......:-) please dont play we need you for the country.........

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  • on April 4, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    dont mathews...dont go please??????????? stay in lanka and get fit quickly.......:-) please dont play we need you for the country.........

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Take Dada as Replacement.. We want him in IPL 2011..

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    dada should be in IPL ...even deccan needs replacement..hurry up guyz dada is hot cake../

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Gihan says it.....we need mathews "mother country comes first...." we need u for the england tour...!

  • randika_ayya on April 4, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Common, how can a franchise determine the playing fitness of a top International player. Sri Lanka need him to recover fully in time for the England tour, I'm certain he will not opt to play in the domestic leagues like IPL till he's 100% fit. Mathews is an intelligent, mature young man.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Can the unsold players lower their base price now to be chosen as the replacements??I guess players like Wasim Jaffer and all have done nothing wrong domestically to be out of the "domestic Indian" tournament....Ya Dada for Deccan would be the perfect foil as they need a captain..none of their captains will play for the length of the season including Sanga and they need an opener too...

  • JoydeepGupta on April 4, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    come on Pune, take Dada..entire India will cheer for you...!! we all want to see those cover drives and lofted sixes again..that will be a good follow up to our fantastic WC triumph..

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    We want DADA !! How can IPL be IPL without DADA !

  • CSreekumar on April 4, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    DADA in IPL? If Kolkata dont want him, who the hell chose him. Pathetic fate of a wonderful cricketer. Lara/Gayle will complete the list...

  • on April 4, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    dada should be in IPL 2011.................... ....