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January 17, 2009
The Delhi Daredevils and the Mumbai Indians have completed the first of five stages of the first-ever IPL transfer. Officials from both teams have confirmed that there has been an expression of interest over a swap between Mumbai fast bowler Ashish Nehra and Delhi batsman Shikhar Dhawan.
The IPL transfer window opened on December 22 and Cricinfo had reported that Delhi were "looking specifically" for an Indian fast bowler. "We are pursuing the matter but it's a long process," Delhi's chief operating officer Amrit Mathur told Cricinfo.
The 'expression of interest' was only the first step of the process. The two franchises now have to reach a transfer agreement after which the players have to sign new contracts. The IPL has to then approve and register the change before the financial details of the deal are hammered out.
Nehra played 14 matches for Mumbai during the inaugural season of the IPL and took 12 wickets at an average of 29 and economy-rate of 7.76. Dhawan scored 340 runs in 14 games for Delhi at a strike-rate of 115 with four fifties.
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