Pune Warriors have bought Ashok Dinda, the India fast bowler, and James Hopes, the Australia allrounder, from Delhi Daredevils. Both players were signed for two years, late on Sunday. Hopes is the second foreigner to be contracted by Warriors in the transfer window, after they beat Mumbai Indians in the race to sign Marlon Samuels of West Indies last week.
The teams did not disclose the amount of the deals, but it is understood that Daredevils have managed to recover the money they spent on buying Kevin Pietersen from Deccan Chargers.
Dinda, the second highest wicket-taker this Ranji Trophy season, was bought by Daredevils last year for $375,000. It is understood that Daredevils did not deliberate much before releasing him because they have several fast bowlers in the squad, including South Africa's Morne Morkel and the Indian trio of Umesh Yadav, Ajit Agarkar and Varun Aaron.