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Delhi Capitals: Jason Roy pulls out of IPL, Daniel Sams roped in as replacement
IPL 2020

Delhi Capitals: Jason Roy pulls out of IPL, Daniel Sams roped in as replacement

Jason Roy will not be taking part in this year's Indian Premier League with Delhi Capitals announcing the signing of Daniel Sams as his replacement.

Roy is understood to have opted out of the upcoming tournament "due to personal reasons", according to a statement by the franchise.

The 30-year-old opening batsman is currently nursing a side strain that has ruled him out of the T20I series against Pakistan.

Despite not being in action for the Manchester T20Is versus Pakistan, Roy will remain with England's white-ball set-up in order to undergo rehabilitation and get fit in time for the limited-overs assignment against Australia next month.

Sams will also be featuring in that series as well as he earned his maiden call-up to the Australian side following an impressive run in the 2019-20 Big Bash League.

Sams, a left-arm pacer, will be flying to the UAE for the IPL immediately after the conclusion of Australia's tour of England on September 16.

“The IPL is a huge platform for any cricketer, and back home, we all follow the tournament extremely closely every year," Sams said, reacting to his inclusion in the Delhi Capitals side.

"I feel fortunate to be a part of it this year, and I’m thankful to the Delhi Capitals management for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to join the rest of the players in the UAE.”

Sams joins South Africa's Anrich Nortje as fresh recruits for Delhi since both pacers were picked as replacements after the IPL 13 auction.

Nortje was inducted in the team in place of Chris Woakes, who decided to withdraw from the competition in March.

Sams is one of the three Australians in Delhi's squad, alongside Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey while the team will be coached by two-time World Cup-winning skipper Ricky Ponting.