LONDON – Star all-rounder of South Africa, JP Duminy has on Monday decided not to play IPL 2017, starting from next month in India.
The 32-year-old, who plays for the Delhi Daredevils, said he was skipping the tournament next month due to “personal” reasons, with his team saying it was disappointing to lose him.
“It has been a tough decision for me to make, but it was for purely personal reasons,” the left-handed batsman was quoted as saying in a statement released by his franchise.
“I certainly hope to play a part for the franchise shortly.”
The statement did not specify his reason.
Duminy has played 38 matches in the last seven seasons of the IPL.
He joined the Delhi Daredevils in 2014 and the last IPL tournament stood in for Zaheer Khan as captain of the side in two matches.
“We respect JP s decision. We are naturally very disappointed not to have JP in our midst this year, but as a franchise, we clearly understand his position,” Hemant Dua, chief executive of Delhi Daredevils said.
Dua said they will look for a “replacement at an appropriate time”.
The tenth edition of the IPL — one of the most popular Twenty20 leagues in the world — begins on April 5, with eight teams fighting for the title this season.