It has been a very difficult decision for me to make, but it was for purely personal reasons. – JP Duminy
Delhi Daredevils allrounder JP Duminy has withdrawn himself from the tenth edition of the IPL, citing personal reasons. He is the fifth-highest scorer for Daredevils with 1015 runs in 38 matches at a strike rate of 130.79.
Duminy informed the franchise of his decision on Monday, 16 days before the start of the tournament. The franchise has not yet named a replacement.
Although both the player and franchise did not elaborate on the reason specifically, it is understood that Duminy wanted to focus on the South Africa assignments in the near future. Duminy, a limited-overs regular, has become a mainstay of the Proteas’ Test squad in the absence of AB de Villiers. South Africa have a packed fixture list ahead this year. They are currently involved in a Test series in New Zealand. They then head to England for a three-match ODI series, beginning on May 24, followed by the Champions Trophy. Their tour then continues with three T20s and four Tests.
"It has been a very difficult decision for me to make, but it was for purely personal reasons," Duminy was quoted as saying by Daredevils in a media release. "I certainly hope to play a part for the franchise in the near future."
The scheduling of IPL might have influenced Duminy’s decision as the event ends only ten days before the Champions Trophy. The South African players are likely to stay in the IPL till mid-May, before departing to the UK for a preparatory camp ahead of the Champions Trophy. Previously, the South African players were set to leave after May 7. A final decision on whether they would be allowed to feature in the play-off matches would be taken during the latter part of the tournament.
Daredevils are also in a fix over the availability of Sri Lanka allrounder Angelo Mathews, who suffered a hamstring injury in the second T20 international against South Africa in Johannesburg in January and has not played since. Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada and Pat Cummins were Daredevils' other overseas signings at the auction.
Kevin Pietersen and Mitchel Starc are the other notable absentees from this year’s edition, with both citing personal reasons for the decision.