James Hopes will not take part in this year’s edition of the IPL, after suffering a knee injury.
The Australian batsman, who was scheduled to play for the Pune Warriors, is an experienced player in the Twenty20 International format.
A Warriors official, said: “It is definitely a setback to lose out on a senior player like Hopes. Having played the IPL in the previous years he would have been a handy player.”
Hopes, was just purchased by the Warriors from the Delhi Daredevils last month, and was expected to be an excellent asset for the team.
However, with his injury, the Warriors, now have to find to find a replacement for Hopes, along with another foreign player, to fill two spots remaining on their team roster, after the IPL governing council, allowed them an extra foreign player, since Yuvraj Singh will not be playing as well.
The Warriors official, stated that the franchise may not need a replacement for Hopes at all. “It also does not necessarily mean we need to find an all-rounder as a replacement for Hopes” he said.
Michael Clarke was reportedly in talks with the Warriors about a contract in the past few weeks, but, since then, nothing has been finalised.
With the IPL set to begin on the 4th of April, the Warriors will be scrambling to find two players to fill their roster spots, in order to increase their chances of winning the title.