Indian Premier League 2012

McDonald moves to Royal Challengers Bangalore

Tariq Engineer

January 11, 2012

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Andrew McDonald hit seven sixes and no fours in his 60, Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers, BBL, Docklands, January 2, 2012
Andrew McDonald is currently leading the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League © Getty Images
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Royal Challengers Bangalore have picked up Andrew McDonald, the allrounder from Australia, from the Delhi Daredevils for the 2012 IPL season, the IPL has said. Harmeet Singh, the Punjab medium-pacer, has also moved from Deccan Chargers to Kings XI Punjab.

According to a Daredevils official, the transfer fee for McDonald was US$100,000. McDonald played only one game for the Daredevils in 2011. In his three seasons with the team, he played just six games, scoring 76 runs and taking five wickets.

"All-rounders are a priceless asset and we are pleased to add Andrew to our squad," Sidhartha Mallya, the director of Royal Challengers Sports Pvt Ltd, said. "He has excelled with bat and ball in different formats. We have no doubt that he will make a big difference to our prospects in the coming IPL season."

TA Sekar, the head of cricket for Daredevils owner GMR Sports, said McDonald "would fit in well with the Royal Challengers."

McDonald is currently playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, where he has made 156 runs from five games at an average of 52.00 and a strike-rate of 136.84.

Harmeet played two games for the Chargers in 2011, picking up three wickets at an economy rate of 7.57.

Harmeet and McDonald were the fourth and fifth players to be traded during the current transfer window. Dinesh Karthik moved from Kings XI to the Mumbai Indians for a record $2.35 million, with R Sathish heading in the opposite direction. Kevin Pietersen was transferred to the Daredevils from the Chargers.

"The process of player-transfers during the trading window is gaining in momentum, and we are likely to see more action in the days leading up to 20 January 2012, when the first part of the window will close," Rajeev Shukla, the IPL chairman, said.

There will be another short window for trading after the February 4 auction in which the players of now-terminated franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala will be sold. The 2012 IPL will run from April 4 to May 27.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

No IPL for me without Kochi

Posted by   on (January 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

get a batsmen like b.mc cullum or jayawardene to give csk a gr8 start. and an all rounder lik jadeja to hit sixes in then end. and give a option for spin too. a fast bowler like prashant of ktk. and hope murli comes back. get delhi a perfect all rounder steady batsman. i hope csk and delhi gets a hard hitting batsman or steady batsman which can do our job. so that we shouldnt struggle. i want gayle to delhi or pune.

Posted by vak1997 on (January 12, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

bangalore need Jadeja and vinay kumar. their bowling unit is very freak..

Posted by NeoTheSaviour on (January 12, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

IPL may be killing test quality but its definite fun to watch. After work when I reach home i don't mind to see Sachin consulting with Malinga how to stop Gayle run barrage. And in stadiums it more of party total fun with DJ playing nice music in between for 50k crowd. Cricket or Any sport for that matter is people interest driven. With flat pitches prepared in India and most of matches being draw after 5 days, people feel like fools. I would watch a test match finishing in 3.5 days rather then 5 day draw. And if pitches turn in India foreign team start crying. But when pitches are green in their backyard its good for cricket. I

Posted by   on (January 11, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

CSK will be aiming for muthiah muralidharan from the axed kochi team....

murali is a great assest for CSK....

Posted by ThatzMyView on (January 11, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Bring bangalore boy Uthappa to RCB!!

Posted by   on (January 11, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Sanga at DC would be trying to get Mahela in !

Posted by Gizza on (January 11, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

@512fm, news about the IPL even off-season tends to get a lot of comments and presumably clicks which is obviously why Cricinfo continually posts news about it. There's a difference between something being good and something being important. The IPL may not be a good thing for Indian cricket or the state of cricket in general since it creates further greed and destroy cricketing skills for the longer forms, it is definitely an important thing in terms of the influence it has. A lot less original and innovative than World Series Cricket, but its effect on particular players has been very similar.

Posted by RSBali on (January 11, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

1.2 billion people in India do care about IPL.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

DC gave up 2 players so far. What's their strategy ? I suggest them to throw their most expensive players first before loosing these guys, i meant D.Christian and C.White - 2 biggest flops in T20 but very lucky to get such big contracts (D.Lehmann is cheating that team).

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