IPL 2017: Darren Sammy joins KXIP squad

Darren Sammy has joined the Kings XI Punjab squad at Mohali. The 33-year old all-rounder was bought for INR 30 lakh in Indian Premier League auctions held in February 2017 but hasn’t been with the team in India until now.

The franchise hadn’t given any official reason for Sammy’s continued absence and is unwilling to reveal the same now, when Sammy is in India training with the team at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali.

Kings XI Punjab are placed fifth on the table with six points, and have already played half of their matches this season. With seven more matches to go in the league stage, the Glenn Maxwell-led side is set to be all the more stronger, thanks to the slower-ball skills and the big hitting abilities that Sammy brings to the side.

Punjab won their last match against Gujarat Lions at Rajkot and it will be interesting to see if the management is willing to bring Sammy in at the cost of Marcus Stoinis, who has scores of 7, 1 and 9 (most recent first) in his last three matches, picking only two wickets across the all five games he’s played for Punjab this season.

Kings XI Punjab play their next match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday (April 28) at Mohali, the first time they will play at the venue after three home games at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore.

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