As reported by InsideSport.co earlier, Dhawan comes home to Delhi Daredevils after spending 10 seasons with different teams. The Delhi southpaw had started his IPL campaign with Delhi Daredevils in 2008. The deal is done in exchange of three players, who were picked up by the GMR-JSW-owned team at the auction last year. Delhi has acquired Dhawan from Sunrisers Hyderabad in exchange for Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar and Shahbaz Nadeem. The deal also involves cash.
Delhi Daredevils have also signed Mohammad Kaif as an assistant coach. The former Indian meddle order batsman has earlier had a coaching sting with Gujarat Lions.
South African wicketkeeper-batsman de Cock has been acquired by the Mumbai Indians in an all cash deal with Royal Challengers Bangalore for one of the most value able players for the shortest format of the game. A reliable pro behind the stumps, brings tremendous value on board with his big hitting.
Elsewhere, Chennai Super Kings have released three players while retaining their core group to lead the quest for their fourth Indian Premier League title. CSK has signalled the departure of Mark Wood and uncapped Indian duo of Kanishk Sen and Kshitiz Sharma.
Kings XI Punjab in an exchange for Marcus Stoinis have got Mandeep Singh home from Royal Challengers Bangalore. In fact, RCB had stamped their desire for Stoinis with the highest bid at the auction last year but the Preity Zinta camp has taken the player by exercising their right to match. A year later, KXIP have allowed Stoinis to the team that had made the biggest bid for him.
Other developments in the KXIP camp, mentor Virender Sehwag and coaches Brad Hodge and Venkatesh Prasad have parted ways with the team, while head coach Mike Hesson and Sridharan Sriram are inducted in the KXIP Team Management.
Kolkata Knight Riders have released Australian speedster Mitchell Starc, the only announced change in the KKR camp so far.
Meanwhile, franchisees may be dissuaded to build their teams around top Australian players and Cricket Australia has cleared that the players picked for the ICC World Cup next year will have to make them available for the mandatory pre-tournament camp in mid-May.
The formal schedule will take some time to come, but reports suggest the IPL 2019 will run between mid-March and h third week of May. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to advance the IPL schedule to ensure that the league does not get affected by the World Cup and the packed international calendar thereafter.
There are going to be more exchanges, trading and releases as the window to enforce changes in the teams closes later today (Thursday).
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