Nannes To Play For Daredevils In Champions League
Fast bowler Dirk Nannes has revealed that he will be playing for the Delhi Daredevils in the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 in India.
Nannes, the only man to be selected in more than one preliminary squad, is contractually obliged to play for the Daredevils, who guaranteed their place in the competition by finishing in third place in the 2008 Indian Premier League.
Nannes, who has represented the Netherlands and Australia in international cricket, was also named in Victoria's squad. The two sides meet in their opening match of the tournament.
"My IPL contract with Delhi included a clause which ties me to them for this competition and my decision is to honour that commitment," he said.
"I'm grateful to Delhi for giving me the opportunity to play on the world stage in the IPL, and the chance to compete against some of the world's best players. I've no doubt my experiences there helped gain me selection for Australia.
"Equally, I have a great love for the Bushrangers. Victoria is my home and I'm extremely grateful for the time and energy they've invested in me to allow me to play cricket at this level and as a professional. We've shared a lot of success in recent times and I've got a great relationship with the players and coaching staff.
"My Victorian team mates are also aware of my situation. It's very common for cricketers to play against team mates at one level or another. In the past twelve months I've played for my club, for Victoria, for Delhi, for the Netherlands and hopefully shortly for Australia - so I've played with and against various team mates quite regularly. As far as the Bushrangers go - I'm sure we'll be fierce opponents on the field and friends off it. Hopefully both teams can go deep in the tournament."
Victoria coach Greg Shipperd added: "We were aware of Dirk's situation and that his contract ties him to Delhi. We would love to have had him in our line-up - he's a very good Twenty20 bowler - but we understand his decision to honour his commitment to the Daredevils," he said.
"Dirk's been a great player for us but we've been a consistent team over a number of years and have a good number of match winners. You need a whole outfit firing to win at this level and we're confident we've got a squad that will do well."
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