IPL 2020: Daniel Sams, who topped the bowling charts in last season’s Big Bash League, will join the Delhi Capitals as a replacement for England opener Jason Roy.
Jason Roy will be replaced by Daniel Sams at Delhi Capitals (AFP Photo)
- Delhi Capitals announced Jason Roy pull-out from IPL 2020 on Thursday
- Australia’s uncapped fast bowler Daniel Sams called in as replacement
- Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting arrived in the UAE on Thursday
Delhi Capitals on Thursday announced Australia’s bowling all-rounder Daniel Sams will replace England opener Jason Roy for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Roy will be unavailable for the upcoming edition in the UAE due to ‘personal reasons’, the franchise said.
Jason Roy was bought at his base price of Rs 1.5 crore by Delhi Capitals at the IPL 2020 auction. The England World Cup hero, however, will not be part of the Capitals. The decision comes hours after England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday said Roy was ruled out of the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan with a side strain.
Daniel Sams, the uncapped Australian fast bowler, shone in Big Bash League 2019-29 wherein he emerged as the highest wicket-taker, scalping 30 wickets in just 17 matches. Sams will be part of the Australian squad which has arrived in England for ODI and T20I series set to be played from September 16.
Sams, along with the other Australia and England players, is likely to join the Capitals after the first week as the IPL 2020 kick starts from September 19. Sams said he is considering himself very fortunate for the IPL 2020 opportunity and that he is itching to join the Shreyas Iyer-led team in the UAE.
“The IPL is a huge platform for any cricketer, and back home, we all follow the tournament extremely closely every year. I feel fortunate to be a part of it this year, and I’m thankful to the Delhi Capitals management for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to join the rest of the players in the UAE,” Sams said, as quoted by Delhi Capitals.
Sams is the second replacement for Delhi Capitals as Anrich Nortje, the South Africa pacer, was called in as a replacement for Chris Woakes.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting arrived in the UAE. Teams based out of Dubai will have access to outdoor training from Friday.