Champions League 2009 August 27, 2009

Nannes picks Delhi Daredevils over Victoria

Cricinfo staff

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No Pietersen for Bangalore
  • Kevin Pietersen, as expected, has not been included in Royal Challengers Banglaore's preliminary 20-man squad for the Champions League. He hasn't played since the second Ashes Test last month due to a heel injury, and was also not in England's squad for next month's Champions Trophy, which finishes three days before the start of the Twenty20 tournament.
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Dirk Nannes, the Australian fast bowler, has opted to play for the Delhi Daredevils in the inaugural Champions League instead of his home team Victoria. This makes Nannes the only player to pick his IPL team over the other possible side he could have represented in the Twenty20 tournament.

Delhi will have to pay Victoria US$200,000 for Nannes' services in the 12-team event. Nannes, who regularly bowls in the high 140kph region, had kept Glenn McGrath out of Delhi's XI with a string of impressive performances in this year's IPL, and was instrumental in Victoria's third successive domestic Twenty20 victory in 2007-08.

Nannes had also spearheaded Netherlands' bowling during the World Twenty20 in June, and has since been selected by Australia for two Twenty20 games against England next month.

The other players who were eligible for multiple teams in the Champions League will compete for their 'home' teams in the tournament, while Dwayne Smith - considered an 'away' player for both Deccan and Sussex - will represent his English team.