MI allowed to replace injured Kumar with Ojha after toss

MI allowed to replace injured Kumar with Ojha after toss

In a rare occurrence, Mumbai Indians replaced injured medium pacer Praveen Kumar with left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha after the toss in their Indian Premier League match against Delhi Daredevils here today.

Praveen was seen being lifted off the field to the pavilion after the Daredevils skipper Kevin Pietersen won the toss and chose to field at the Wankhede Stadium.

Ojha was not even among the four designated reserves for this game. The four reserves in the team sheet were Apoorv Wankhade, Ben Dunk, Corey Anderson and Sushant Marathe.

The replacement of Praveen by Ojha was sought and allowed after a discussion involving the two umpires (S Ravi and Rod Tucker), rival captains Pietersen and Rohit Sharma, match referee Andy Pycroft, IPL COO Sundar Raman, Gary Kirsten (Daredevils coach) and MI chief coach John Wright and chief mentor Anil Kumble.

Cricket Law 1.2 states: Each captain shall nominate his players in writing to one of the umpires before the toss. No player may be changed after the nomination without the consent of the opposing captain.

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