Delhi Daredevils have made a swap with Pune Warriors India, exchanging New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor for former Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra.
The Warriors had eight overseas players going into the 2013 auction. On auction day, the franchise bought three more overseas players - Michael Clarke, Ajantha Mendis and Kane Richardson - to reach the limit of 11 overseas players. ESPNcricinfo learned the Warriors released South African fast bowler Alfonso Thomas to make space for Taylor in their overseas player quota.
Taylor had been signed by Daredevils for an undisclosed fee in February 2012 from Rajasthan Royals. Warriors will be Taylor's fourth IPL team, after he represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first three seasons.
Sushanto Roy, managing director of Sahara Adventure Sports Ltd, which owns the Warriors, said Taylor will bolster their batting, "We are elated to have a batsman like Ross Taylor in our ranks. He will add muscle, panache and of course, experience, to our middle order in the forthcoming season."
This will be Nehra's second spell with the Daredevils, as he was previously part of the squad during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He produced his best IPL performance during the 2009 season in South Africa, where he took 19 wickets from 13 matches.
In 2011 Nehra was bought by Pune Warriors India for $850,000 during the January player auction. However, he was unable to play the entire 2011 season because of a finger injury he had picked up during the World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan. He returned next year and took 11 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 36.54.
"Ashish Nehra will constitute an integral part of our bowling attack in the 2013 season," TA Sekar, head of cricket at Delhi Daredevils, said. "We were the best team at the league stage in 2012, and with a player like him around, we are confident that we will go the distance."