Indian Premier League 2012 March 24, 2012

Knee injury rules Hopes out of IPL

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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_ray24 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

  • rspsolo 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,??????

  • yasir08 on March 27, 2012, 17:30 GMT

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

  • 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..

  • Saif10016 on March 27, 2012, 7:42 GMT

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

  • yasir08 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 11.murtaza..as 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 ipl..so i thnk if dey go for smith n sammy da team is balancd..am a pwi fan n i hop dis time dey vil ris da cup..best of luck

  • rspsolo 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.

  • rishabh004 on March 27, 2012, 5:26 GMT

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

  • chandrachuralways007 on March 27, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Kevin O Brian....should get in.

  • riprock 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!

  • arko_ray24 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

  • rspsolo 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,??????

  • yasir08 on March 27, 2012, 17:30 GMT

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

  • 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..

  • Saif10016 on March 27, 2012, 7:42 GMT

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

  • yasir08 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 11.murtaza..as 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 ipl..so i thnk if dey go for smith n sammy da team is balancd..am a pwi fan n i hop dis time dey vil ris da cup..best of luck

  • rspsolo 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.

  • rishabh004 on March 27, 2012, 5:26 GMT

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

  • chandrachuralways007 on March 27, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Kevin O Brian....should get in.

  • riprock 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!

  • rishabh004 on March 26, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    tamim not have grt strike rate in T20 format and he failed in BPL too.Dwayne smith is better option

  • on March 26, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Go for Tamim and Crai Keswitter.........

  • rspsolo on March 26, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    i dont knw y all the teams forget south africa born england skipper keiswetter? if he is not intrested better go with sammy or kevin o brien. both this player can send the ball long distence. t20 formet one player can change the game easily.This players having this capable., but i am not sure with clarke but he is handy laft arm spin bowler tamim?????? no doubt he is good batsman

  • Sigma-Eleven on March 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    If Pune can pick Paul Stirling and Kevin O Brien from Ireland that can provide a good balance to their team. 1.Paul Stirling, 2.Sourav Ganguly (c), 3.Luke Wright 4.Robin Uthappa (wk) 5.Callum Ferguson 6.Kevin O Brien 7.Manish Pandey 8.Rahul Sharma 9.Murali Kartik 10.Ashok Dinda 11.Ashish Nehra. Just a thought!

  • on March 26, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    May be Tamim getting in ...

  • on March 26, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Where is my constructive comments. Plz Cricinfo we are not against you because you have set up such milestone to bring us inside the cricket & allow us to express our comments.

  • on March 26, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Where is my constructive comments. Plz Cricinfo we are not against you because you have set up such milestone to bring us inside the cricket & allow us to express our comments.

  • on March 26, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Hi guys, TAMIM still in a process of signing a deal with PWI. I think DADA is there who do understand both the GAME & the peoples EXPECTATION. We all the BANGALI people have enough confident on him. The mastermind of DADA and the EXPLOSION of TAMIMS bat will reach PWI in its dream. Among the IPL teams only PWI (Sahara Parivar) has the real passion for game as they have been supporting team India since long. So, this is the right place for both DADA & TAMIM to show their character and feel their game. Best of Luck PWI & TAMIM. We 320 Million (West Bengal & Bangladesh) people are awaiting with our support to you PWI.

  • on March 26, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Tamim confirmed it. Deal will be signed within next week.

  • on March 25, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Tamin should get change in IPL.

  • Quddus-Mamu on March 25, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I just heard Tamim Iqbal confirmed with Pune Warriors.

  • on March 25, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Yaaaaahoooooo my dear Tamim will play with Great Dada in Pune.......thats great news for me & whole Bangladesh.......go Tamim & inshallah you will peform there like Tamim........wish you all the best!

  • on March 25, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Tamim should get chance to play all the games for PW to proof himself.That's what Shakib did.

  • Tiger2510 on March 25, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @ raku035 - ARE YOU SURE THEY HAVE SIGNED TAMIM IQBAL ? I HAVENT HERD ANY NEWS ABOUT THAT !!

  • on March 25, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    It has been confirmed Tamim iqbal has been taken

  • Tiger2510 on March 25, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal is in his form of his life !! Bringing him would do nothing but get the PWI a steady start and if he gets going, he can crack and blow up any blowing attack !! And I dont say it !! Mr Sunil Gavaskar says it !!

    I AGREE WITH ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS TO BRING TAMIM IQBAL IN !!

  • jorosacric on March 25, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    why not tamim iqbal ?just because of being from bangladesh he is not getting the chance.unfair..he scored runs in seeming condition against the best of world pace attack(anderson,finn,broad) and also get runs inflat pitches

  • on March 25, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    darren sammy from westindies should be replacement.......

  • raku035 on March 25, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    TAMIM IQBAL has been signed as replacement for HOPES.....

  • imranrony on March 25, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    as a bangladeshi i wud i like to say.......if TAMIM IQBAL is taken in the side.....hes gona fire in the tournament..............:):)

  • on March 25, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Paul Stirling!!!! None better as a sound T20 allrounder considering his current form :)

  • RankPace on March 25, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    IPL 2012 is going to be the last action of the season , then not much cricket till the T20 world cup in sept.

  • on March 25, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    TAMIM IQBAL should be better for this time...he is just dashing player like Shewag from BD.His consecutive four 50's in Asia Cup & His strike rate can help to think PW.

  • on March 25, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    England's greame Swann/tim bresman cud be likely

  • on March 25, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    i think they will prefer to brendon taylor or tim bresnan.

  • rohanazam on March 25, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal has been approached according to "Ananda Bazar". I hope he will show his capability in sub-continent with his bat. Best of luck Tamim.

  • on March 25, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Perfect choice instead of hopes would be p stirling from ireland..that way uthappa can be use as floater in the absence of yuvi..stirling can give hard hitting starts at the top and also usefull 3-4 overs of offspin....or michael clarke....

  • on March 25, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Tamim iqbal sud worth every rupees dat they give 2 him ... Also bt taking him .. ipl attract more bangladeshi audience ..... :D

  • on March 25, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    they should go with cemron white he is real telant nd everybody knows that. . . .

  • on March 25, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Pune warriors shuld take chandimal

  • on March 25, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    i think they must take tamim iqbal he will rock for them.:)

  • on March 25, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    they have selected taim iqbal

  • on March 25, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    If PWI wants a good start at opening then they should definitely choose Tamim Iqbal. He has the ability to play attacking n Magnificent Innings.

  • chandruchan on March 25, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Pune warriors go with PAUL STIRLING...He is one of the most promising young cricketer...he could do well with both bat n ball

  • on March 25, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Pune should consider Brandon Taylor of Zimbabwe since he is terrific batsman with keeping ability and he has 33 avg@ strike rate 120 or even they can look into Mushfikur Rahim or Tamim Iqbal or Dwany Sammy.

  • RandyOZ on March 25, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    This is actually a lucky break for Pune cos Hopes is absolutely rubbish!

  • on March 24, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    I think pune should selest Tammim becoz he is a exiting talent ,,indian condition will definetely suit him,,,,

  • on March 24, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    i will prefer camroon white...wade.......chikumbura...sammy...

  • scdXI on March 24, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Ravi Bopara,Justin Kemp,Dwayne Smith,Ryan McLaren are some really good options for PWI.All of them are allrounders and are handy fielders too.

  • on March 24, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Tim Bresnan or Darren Sammy cud be better option..:)

  • KIRAN.REDDY on March 24, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    If it is ganguly then why not sanath jayasuriya...?? If it is not clarke then why not chandimal...???

  • muannis on March 24, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Tamim, Nasir, Mashrafi, Ashraful anyone could fill up the place. All these have performed great in the BPL and Asia Cup .

  • on March 24, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    pune needs 1 solid player playing in top 3 like mahela or ferguson or clarke......plz dont take tamim iqbal he played last series on pitches unfavourable to spin n fast bowling because of dew factor....clarke or katich can be better option...if needs all rounder then hard hitting sammy or dwayne smith are better players than hopes..even mithcell marsh was good..

  • on March 24, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    go for stirling (ireland) or chigumbure (zimbawe)

  • on March 24, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    go for daren samy or barath (wi) , chigumbure or taylor (zim), stirling or obrien (ireland)

  • Sachit1979 on March 24, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    It's actually blessing in disguise for Pune Warriors. James Hopes presence would not have been so convincing. Even Clarke won't be an optimal choice. I would rather suggest some player from subcontinent only i.e. Bangladesh or Sri Lanka would suit well as overseas player as they well know how to tackle spin and how to play in subcontinental conditions.

  • nishardfazna on March 24, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    bring back farveez maharoof. he is a excellent bowler and a batsman. he has the brillient slower bowl it's more valuable in t 20's. also he is a hard hitting batsman. he scored 24 runs in shane warns over and 16 in harbajan sings over in ipl's he is the best replacement

  • on March 24, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Tamim can give a dashing start

  • rohanblue on March 24, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @Waruna Kanishka Perera dude chandimal playing fr rajasthan royals, kevin o brien or tamim should be in, bt i think they will go fr another souh african or aussie.....

  • anindya96 on March 24, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    get tamim iqbal . i think he can giive pune a good start and he is is excellent form now...

  • on March 24, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    plz take TAMIM IQBAL ahead of clarke.i can ensure tamim will serve better than clarke.and pune will get more popularity from bangladesh.

  • Bl33dBLu3 on March 24, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Please dont take tamim iqbal it would be waste for pune bcz they already have 4 openers ryder,smith,uthapa,pandey,etc Clarke could be best option available i think :)

  • on March 24, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    @all above,Chandimal is in RR.PWI should go for Brendan Taylor and Elton Chigumbura/Ravi Rampaul.

  • jobinak on March 24, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Ravi Rampaul(wi) and Kieswetter(eng) are suitable for punnae warriors...

  • MarufHhossain on March 24, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    I THINK PUNE WARRIORS MUST NEED TAMIM .HE IS A GREAT HARD HITTER BATSMEN.

  • on March 24, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal (hard hitting allrounder) / Darren Sammy (hard hitting allrounder) / Chadimaal (steady and attacking)/MS Wade (not bad even)

  • iasohel on March 24, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Pls dont pick any BD players like tamim, nasir bcoz they r not glamourus, they only can play good cricket. LOL

  • on March 24, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Hopes would be more than handy for Warriors. Warriors should select players in haste but think and select on team composition.

  • on March 24, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    bring tamim Iqbal he is very handy..

  • bestbuddy on March 24, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Bring in Chris Mprris and David Weise from SA, both good all rounders. Morris outbowled Dirk Nannes all season!

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    I think TAMIM IQBAL should be the right choice for PUNE W. The recent forms in ASIA CUP may be the real joy to pick him who can change the game in his single hand.

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Bring Nasir Hussain, and Daren Sammy as his captaincy is very good against the Australian and his bowling is very handful on Slow and Low Pitches

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    bring wade and clarke or tamim iqbal.

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    get dwayne smith from the west indies,he is in the best for of his life,more that capable bowler and a sensible power hitter

  • on March 24, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    get Dinesh chandimal , he will carry out the batting or bhanuka rajapasa

  • on March 24, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Pune Warriors bring in SHAHID AFRIDI..

  • anindya96 on March 24, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    pick tamim iqbal dont underistimate him because of the fact that he is from bangladesh .... he scored four consecutive 50s and hes very aligent... he can give u guyz a good start..

  • RIBI on March 24, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    I agree bring in Kein O'Brien he is a house on fire whn he clicks...

  • niksg191 on March 24, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    get alastair cook in team he is in superb touch

  • on March 24, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Get Tamim Iqbal as he can give a good start. He is a real attacking player and in good form.

  • crikbuff on March 24, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Great news! IPL has become hopeless!

  • on March 24, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Bring Kevin O Brien in place of James Hopes. He has been superb with the bat and the ball in the associate trophy qualifiers. He is a big hitter and has the ability to shift gears and win the game.

  • frozendilemma on March 24, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Well please pick either Van Der Westhuizen from Namibia or Paul Stirling or Kevin O` Brien from Ireland...all 3 of them are amazing all-rounders instead of going after Clarke who was never interested to begin with...

  • on March 24, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Get Kevin O brein n other ireland Players.. They r playing awesome

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  • on March 24, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Get Kevin O brein n other ireland Players.. They r playing awesome

  • frozendilemma on March 24, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Well please pick either Van Der Westhuizen from Namibia or Paul Stirling or Kevin O` Brien from Ireland...all 3 of them are amazing all-rounders instead of going after Clarke who was never interested to begin with...

  • on March 24, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Bring Kevin O Brien in place of James Hopes. He has been superb with the bat and the ball in the associate trophy qualifiers. He is a big hitter and has the ability to shift gears and win the game.

  • crikbuff on March 24, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Great news! IPL has become hopeless!

  • on March 24, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Get Tamim Iqbal as he can give a good start. He is a real attacking player and in good form.

  • niksg191 on March 24, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    get alastair cook in team he is in superb touch

  • RIBI on March 24, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    I agree bring in Kein O'Brien he is a house on fire whn he clicks...

  • anindya96 on March 24, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    pick tamim iqbal dont underistimate him because of the fact that he is from bangladesh .... he scored four consecutive 50s and hes very aligent... he can give u guyz a good start..

  • on March 24, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Pune Warriors bring in SHAHID AFRIDI..

  • on March 24, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    get Dinesh chandimal , he will carry out the batting or bhanuka rajapasa