Indian Premier League 2012 March 8, 2012

Luke Wright signs for Pune Warriors

ESPNcricinfo staff

Luke Wright, the Sussex allrounder, has announced on twitter that he has signed for IPL franchise Pune Warriors. The deal means he will miss the start of the English season and could be unavailable for six County Championship matches.

Wright, 27, said on twitter: "I'm delighted to be going to the IPL with Pune Warriors. I'm disappointed to miss the start of the Sussex season but it's an amazing opportunity few could turn away."

His stock rose significantly when playing for Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League 2011-12 in which he scored the fastest hundred in the competition's history, off 44 balls against Hobart Hurricanes. He has scored over 2,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket with two centuries.

Wright has ambitions to win a place back in England's one-day team. He has played 46 ODIs and 30 T20s but his last cap came in England's T20 defeat against Sri Lanka at Bristol in June 2011. Last season Wright scored 341 runs in T20s for Sussex at 34.10.

Pune Warriors have now filled all their spots for overseas players, with Australia allrounders James Hopes and Steven Smith, and West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels also having signed ahead of the fifth IPL season. Warriors begin their IPL campaign against Mumbai on April 6 while Sussex open their season away to Surrey on April 5.

Edited by Alex Winter

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  • BALASUBRAMANIAN on March 11, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Here we go DADA Fans we got te best team. 1.smith/ryder ,2.pandey,3.DADA (Captain),4.uthappa,5.Manhas/Mohnish mishra,6.Mathews,7.wright/hopes,8. Samuels,9. Rahulsharma,10.Dinda,11.Nehra Im this we have 8 batsman out of which 4 can slog . bowling 7 bwolers . The best part is all te foreign palyers atre in good form currently in their T20 leaugues hope they continue their form hre too. AND WE HAVE OUR PRINCE AS CAPTAIN WHO CAN MAKE IMPOSSIBLE AS POSSIBLE IN CRICKET I pray pwi wud make it to nxt yr champions league by winning IPL5. DADA ROCKS!!!!!

  • Randolph on March 11, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Luke Wright? Haha, poor Pune.

  • Priyank on March 11, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    My 11 Dada,ryder,pandey,uthapa,mohnish,m marsh,luke/hopes,karthik,nehra,a thomas,r sharma

  • Vishal on March 10, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Playing XI should be : Dada, G Smith, Uthappa, Ryder/Ferguson, Pandey, Mathews, Nehra, Karthik/Murtza, R Sharma, Dinda, Wright/S Smith/Hopes,

  • Pune on March 9, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Very Good Buy...) PWI needed a big hitter. My playing 11 will be 1.DADA 2.M.Pandey 3. Ryder 4.Samuals / Fercuson / LUKE 5.Uthappa 6.Mathews 7.Hopes 8.M.Karthik 9.R Sharma 10.Nehra 11.Dinda

  • $$ milind on March 9, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Pune Warriors its still uncertainty that Luke can play well in d subcontinent. Keep ur fingers crossed.......... But ALL D BEST LUKE

  • $$ milind on March 9, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Pune Warriors its still uncertainty that Luke can play well in d subcontinent. Keep ur fingers crossed..........

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Yeah !!!! Good for you ,Luke And PW !!!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    wow absolutely fantastic buy by pune warrriors i m so so so excited now my pune team will be as Luke wright Ganguly(Dada)

    Robin uthappa

    jesse Ryder

    marlon Sameuls

    angelo mathews

    mohnish mishra/manish pandey

    murali karthik

    rahul sharma

    ashok dinda

    ashish nehra.

    if uthapa not keeping propely or vnot wants to keep than replace mohnish or manish pandey by mahesh rawat. wow no one can stop us dada so lets shout guysss dad da da da ...

    the huge sixxxx.... heaters

    the offside...... god

    the greatest ....cleverest captain

    the prince of Calcutta

    we love you dada best of luck we will always cheer you..we love you dada proud to be dada's fan....yooooo its time for pune to lift the ipl trophy.....i m crazzzy about it.......

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    thats really a good pick indeed.

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