Australian all-rounder Andrew McDonald moved from Delhi Daredevils to Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2012 IPL season. Harmeet Singh, the Punjab medium-pacer, has also moved from Deccan Chargers to Kings XI Punjab.
“All-rounders are a priceless asset and we are pleased to add Andrew to our squad,” Sidhartha Mallya, the director of Royal Challengers Sports Pvt Ltd, said.
“He has excelled with bat and ball in different formats. We have no doubt that he will make a big difference to our prospects in the coming IPL season.”
TA Sekar, the head of cricket for Daredevils owner GMR Sports, wished McDonald, who played six matches for Delhi Daredevils, scoring 76 runs and taking five wickets, the very best.
“He would fit in well with the Royal Challengers Bangalore,” he said.
McDonald is currently playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, where he has made 156 runs from five games at an average of 52.00 and a strike-rate of 136.84.
Harmeet and McDonald were the fourth and fifth players to be traded during the current transfer window. Dinesh Karthik moved from the Daredevils to the Mumbai Indians with R Sathish heading in the opposite direction. Kevin Pietersen was transferred to the Daredevils from the Chargers.
“The process of player-transfers during the trading window is gaining in momentum, and we are likely to see more action in the days leading up to 20 January 2012, when the first part of the window will close,” Rajeev Shukla, the IPL chairman, said.
There will be another short window for trading after the February 4 auction in which the players of now-terminated franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala will be sold.