Indian Premier League 2012 March 24, 2012

Knee injury rules Hopes out of IPL


Pune Warriors have suffered a setback to their IPL preparations with a knee injury ruling out the Australian allrounder James Hopes. That means Warriors now have two foreign players' slots left to fill after the IPL governing council allowed the franchise an extra foreigner this season (in addition to the mandatory ten slots) to make up for the absence of the injured Yuvraj Singh.

Hopes was bought by Warriors only last month from Delhi Daredevils. He was the second overseas player the franchise had signed this season, West Indies' Marlon Samuels being the first.

An experienced allrounder, Hopes recently led Queensland to the Sheffield Shield title with a half-century in the first innings and a five-wicket haul in the second.

"It is definitely a setback to lose out on a senior player like Hopes. Having played the IPL in the previous years he would have been a handy player," a Warriors official said.

The official said the franchise was in no hurry to fill the two vacant slots. "It also does not necessarily mean we need to find an allrounder as a replacement for Hopes," he said.

According to the official there had been no fresh development on the Michael Clarke front. Warriors were reportedly talking to Clarke about him coming in as a replacement for Yuvraj, but nothing has been finalised yet.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Arko on March 27, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Pune Warriors should go for West Indies captain "Darren Sammy".......perfect T20 package.....big power hitter in slog overs......reasonably good medium pace bowler (just has to bowl 4 overs)......& a good fielder as well.......almost won the last ODI against Australia single handedly.......has got the 'X' Factor

  • solomon on March 27, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Every team having massive(more than 150) strike rate players.. kieron pollard 162.22(MI), chris gayle154.88,(RCB) sehwag 158.77,(DD), yusuf pathan 156.10(KKR), michale hussy 150.2(CSK), , shane Watson151.85(RR).... Top in Pune is luke write146.22.. uthappa has 137.25 ... pune need aggressive batsman's.. like, Kevin o brirn 137.1, Sammy 131.53.. why should pune team looking for Clarke 108.5, tamim107.5,??????

  • yasir on March 27, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    cn i knw whethr pune warriorzz cn play 5 foriegn players?

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    I think, Tamim is neede for stability in the team.. Only having good strike rate does nt define a player.. And tamim is in tremendous form.. So, I think, Tamim should be given a chance..

  • MD.Saiful on March 27, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    tamiam will be the best option...... and he is glamorous too....

  • yasir on March 27, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    i thnk dey shld go for dwayne smith n d sammy..sammy vu is a gud hitin batsman n as wel as a gud swin bowlr..he hv done alot for w indies for da past few months..den da playing 11 cn b 1.rydr 2.manish 3.ganguly 4.d smith/luke wright/samuels 5. Mathews 6. Uthapa 7.d sammy 8.r sharma 9. Nehra 10.dinda da game is in india,dey must go for 2spiners ie murtaza n sharma both r gud1s so der spots r filled..n in seemin department dey alot of options nehra,dinda,mathews,sammy n also luke/d smith..i thnk dis bowlers cn tak 10wickets of evry team..n also dey hv gud batsmans vu cn bring alots of runs to da team..i thnk dey cn consistently keep 170plus in evry match as dey gud hiters like rydr,uthappa,smith,samy,mathews n also ganguly,pandey..dnt 4gt pandey is da fi$t indian to score cntury in i thnk if dey go for smith n sammy da team is a pwi fan n i hop dis time dey vil ris da of luck

  • solomon on March 27, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Pune batsman all of them decent strike rate players except uthappa and luke wright . this two players is key for scoring run fast. Pune need more AGGRESSIVE batsman like Sammy, Kevin o brien. Clarke is not suitable in t20 format that's y he is retire from in this format. Some body telling tamim does nt hav good strike rate.

  • rishabh on March 27, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    kieswetter refuse to play in ipl and want to play in england domestic cricket

  • chandrachur on March 27, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Kevin O Brian....should get in.

  • Ritvik on March 26, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Can anyone explain how two foreigner slots? Graeme Smith, Jesse Ryder, Callum Ferguson, Angelo Mathews, Marlon Samuels, Luke Wright, Steve Smith, Nathan McCullum, Wayne Parnell and Alfonso Thomas. Aren't those ten? It would be 11 with Tamim Iqbal almost certain to join them. Martin Guptill, Moises Henriques, Craig Kieswetter, Jos Buttler, Farveez Maharoof, Jade Dernbach, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Vernon Philander, Tim Southee, Justin Ontong, Brendan Taylor, Dwayne Smith and Darren Sammy would all be excellent purchases for this format!

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