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Home alone: Valthaty surplus to Kings XI needs

The Indian Premier League is well into its fifth edition, but it is still to free itself of ad hocism. As a result, more often than not it is the Indian players who bear the brunt of the unpredictable franchise behaviour. Firoz Mirza reports.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2012 02:10 IST
Firoz Mirza

The Indian Premier League is well into its fifth edition, but it is still to free itself of ad hocism. As a result, more often than not it is the Indian players who bear the brunt of the unpredictable franchise behaviour.

Take the case of Kings XI Punjab batsman Paul Valthaty. The sensation of the previous edition finds himself out of favour even before the T20 league has reached the halfway mark.

A couple of failures, and the Kings XI Punjab team management has not just dropped him from the playing eleven, it has sent him home to Mumbai for a break with teammates http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/4/26_04_12-metro18b.jpgAbhishek Nayar and Ramesh Powar.

On the day Kings XI lost to Mumbai Indians in Mohali, all three Mumbai boys took the flight back home.

They were told to take a break with no clear directive about the future course of action.

Shooting star

Valthaty shot into limelight when he hit a stunning unbeaten ton against CSK last year to script an upset win. The trio was asked to take a break as the team have two away games, against CSK and Royal Challengers Bangalore, before the next home game at Mohali on May 5.

On Wednesday, Powar tweeted 'back to Mumbai' after landing in the city.

"We have been sent back by the team management. We were told by (skipper and coach) Adam Gilchrist to take a break as the team is supposed to play two away games. We were also told we would be called if needed, but no time frame has been specified," said a player requesting anonymity.

Giving company

Valthaty has played four games for KXIP while Nayar featured in the first two games. Powar is yet to play a game.

Pune Warriors and Delhi Daredevils had also asked their players to take a break when the team were playing back-to-back away games. It was also learnt KXIP had sent back five players before the commencement of the season.

"It's hard to believe we were asked to take a break as we would miss practice and get rusty if we stay away from the team for long. What's more frustrating is that we were not even informed the date when they would call us," said the player.

Arvinder Singh, COO of KXIP, was unavailable for reaction.