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Delhi Capitals pick Australia's all-rounder Daniel Sams to replace Jason Roy


Jason Roy plays a shot during the 2018 IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils at Wankhede Stadium. AFP

The Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Capitals have signed Australian all-rounder Daniel Sams to replace England's Jason Roy for the T20 tournament starting next month in UAE.

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.

Agence France-Presse

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