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Delhi Daredevils have made a swap with the Pune Warriors India, exchanging Ross Taylor for Ashish Nehra, in the ongoing IPL Player Trading Window.
The Delhi-based franchise had acquired Taylor, the former New Zealand captain, from his previous team, Rajasthan Royals, ahead of the 2012 season.
The Pune franchise will be Taylor’s fourth IPL team – he represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first three IPL seasons, before playing a season each for Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils respectively.
“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,” Sushanto Roy, Managing Director, Sahara Adventure Sports Ltd, said.
Ashish Nehra, the India speedster, was part of the Delhi Daredevils squad in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. His best IPL performance was in 2009, when he took 19 wickets from 13 matches for DD. He had earlier represented Mumbai Indians in the inaugural season in 2008. He was bought by Pune Warriors India in the 2011 Player Auction, but missed the 2011 season due to injury. He played for PWI in 2012.
“Ashish Nehra will constitute an integral part of our bowling attack in the 2013 season. 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,” T.A Sekar, Head (Cricket), GMR Sports, said.
The only other player transfer to have taken place this season is that of T. Suman from Mumbai Indians to Pune Warriors India.
Stadiums need the following to be eligible to host IPL matches
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 05 February 2013
- The Stadium must be owned by the State Associations or should be leased on a long-term basis from the owner of the Stadium.
- A new stadium proposed to be constructed or proposed to be leased by the Association may also be included, and if a franchise is awarded for that stadium, matches played at an alternate venue until the new stadium is ready.
- The city where the stadium is located should be connected and should have an airport in the city or if there is no airport in the city, within 50km of the stadium.
- There should be 5 star hotels in the city and should be able to accommodate to the requirements of the IPL – teams, match officials etc.
- The stadium should have hosted international matches or if it has not hosted international matches, it should have hosted domestic matches and should have all necessary ground equipments and facilities, including broadcast & hospitality facilities, to a standard that would be expected for an international match.
- The stadium must have floodlights.
- The stadium should have a capacity of 20,000 or more.
- These norms and criteria are subject to change from time to time.