"It has been a very difficult decision for me to make, but it was for purely personal reasons," explained Duminy.  © BCCI

“It has been a very difficult decision for me to make, but it was for purely personal reasons,” explained Duminy. © BCCI

JP Duminy has withdrawn from the upcoming tenth edition of the Indian Premier League citing personal reasons, his franchise Delhi Daredevils announced on Monday (March 20).

Duminy, the South African allrounder, has been a regular with the Delhi franchise since 2014 and was their captain in 2015. He even led Delhi in a few matches in 2016 when Zaheer Khan, their regular skipper, was rested or recuperating.

One of Delhi’s top batsmen over the last three seasons, Duminy has overall scored 1993 runs from 77 matches in the IPL apart from picking up 23 wickets with his off-spin.

“It has been a very difficult decision for me to make, but it was for purely personal reasons,” explained Duminy. “I’m grateful for the support and understanding from the franchise. It has been an absolute privilege to have played for and led a talented mix of players. I certainly hope to play a part for the franchise in the near future.”

Hemant Dua, the franchise’s chief executive, said they will look for a replacement ‘at an appropriate time’.

“We respect JP’s decision,” he said. “We are naturally very disappointed to not have JP in our midst this year, but as a franchise we clearly understand his position. At this stage we can only confirm that we will look for a replacement at an appropriate time.”

Duminy’s withdrawal means Delhi will have only eight overseas player and 25 overall. Their remaining foreign players are Corey Anderson, Sam Billings, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins, Quinton de Kock, Angelo Mathews, Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada.