Jason Roy plays a shot during the 2018 IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils at Wankhede Stadium. AFP
Run-blasting Roy was on Thursday ruled out of England's T20 series against Pakistan after sustaining a side strain. However the Delhi Capitals said he had opted out of the IPL "for personal reasons."
Billed as a rising star after his recent call-up to the national squad, Sams will join fellow Australians Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey at the Delhi Capitals, coached by compatriot Ricky Ponting.
"The IPL is a huge platform for any cricketer, and back home, we all follow the tournament extremely closely every year," said Sams, 27.
"I feel fortunate to be a part of it this year... I can't wait to join the rest of the players in the UAE," he was quoted as saying in a statement by the franchise late on Thursday.
South Africa-born opener Roy suffered the injury this week during England's preparations at Emirates Old Trafford where the Pakistan series starts later Friday.
Ahead of the tournament's start on Sept.19, all eight IPL teams have reached the UAE where they are required to undergo a period of quarantine in their hotels.
The IPL, originally scheduled to start in March, has been moved from India because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus across the country, the third worst-hit in the world behind the US and Brazil.
The IPL, the world's richest cricket tournament, was half finished when it was halted on May 4 after a number of players and team officials caught coronavirus despite being in bio-secure bubbles.
The IPL will take place between Sept. 19 to Nov. 8. This is confirmed and the rest we will decide in the (IPL) governing council meeting next week.
Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul expressed his delight on hitting the turf after a period of almost five months.
In a major blow to Chennai Super Kings, veteran batsman Suresh Raina will not be available for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) slated to be played in the UAE from Sept.19.
Mumbai will look to bounce back from the disappointment of their defeat against Chennai Super Kings in the last match when they take on Kolkata knight riders in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
In July, Imran Khan had categorically stated that he would not allow the US to use Pakistan as a base for its Afghan operations and the statement had caused quite a stir.
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