Indian Premier League 2011 April 7, 2011

Kings XI Punjab sign David Miller

Kings XI Punjab have signed South Africa batsman David Miller for $100,000 as a replacement for allrounder Dimitri Mascarenhas. Miller, who also bowls offspin, is expected to join the squad on Friday. He is the second replacement player signed by the franchise, with South Africa allrounder Ryan McLaren coming in for Stuart Broad.

Broad picked up a side strain during the World Cup, while Mascarenhas has not yet recovered from surgery to fix his achilles heel injury.

Miller, 21, has played six T20 internationals for South Africa since his debut in May 2010, with a highest score of 36*. He has also played in four ODI series, the last against India earlier this year, and was named in South Africa's preliminary 2011 World Cup squad, but did not make the final 15.

"The coach and captain were of the view that we wanted a batting all-rounder," Aravinder Singh, the chief operating officer for Punjab, told ESPNcricinfo. "[Miller is] a young guy who has proved his value in South Africa cricket and debuted for South Africa recently. He is very excited about being here and we are expecting him to play a crucial role for us. "

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.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • Nick on April 8, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    LOLLL at the "former Toronto Mayor" comment! hahaha, I didn't even realize that.

  • Tendulkar on April 7, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    please some 1 buy dada pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Sarnab on April 7, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Article has a mistake - "Under IPL rules, the replacements have to be chosen from the pool of players who went unsold in the January auction" , Tim Southee, Jacob Oram were from that unsold pool and they were recently signed up by CSK and RR respectively.

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    man!!!! i do have been happy if they could try for ganguly.

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    a young gun that must show his class I hope he gets his game right in IPL

  • Arvind on April 7, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    What are Punjab doing by signing up a former Toronto Mayor!! :D

  • Venkata on April 7, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Perfect opportunity for Miller to show his worth.. Go Miller Go!!! Miller, Ingram & Rossouw all have wonderful opportunity now to showcase their talent and force their way back to the SA'n side.. All the best for them.. :)

  • Mandeep on April 7, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Good Signing. Excellent platform for him to prove his talent to the SA selectors!

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    very good ...good replacment ... miller is a telented player .... live punjabi play punjabi .... kings xi punjab ...go kxip...go

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