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.

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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.............

  • dummy4fb 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.....

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

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