Pune, Feb 27: Indian Premier League (IPL) team Pune Warriors have bought fast bowler Ashok Dinda and all-rounder James Hopes for two years, from Delhi Daredevils, on Sunday night.
Dinda, the right-handed Indian paceman, and Australian Hopes will play for the Sahara Group owned franchise. However, the owners did not disclose the amount paid to Daredevils to sign up the duo.
Dinda, 27, who has represented India in five One Dayers and three Twenty20 Internationals, plays for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy and has had a good season. He was bought by Daredevils for $375,000 during the IPL auction in 2011.
In the current first class season, Dinda has taken 59 wickets, second highest behind TP Sudhindra of Madhya Pradesh.
Hopes, who was a key member of the Australian ODI set up till recently, had gone for a price of $350,000 during last year's auction.
The 33-year-old Hopes had previously played for Kings XI Punjab while Dinda had turned up for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Pune recently bought West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels and still have two more foreign players' slots to fill. The transfer window closes on February 29.
Pune's captain Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of this season's IPL 5. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy for a rare germ-cell cancer.
Australian youngster Mitchell Marsh is also out of the competition due to a lower back injury.
Pune were locked in a battle with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over some issues. They had opted out of the February 4, 2012, auction in Bangalore.
They had also pulled their team out of IPL 5 before sorting out their differences with BCCI and returning to the fold.
IPL 5 will get under way on April 4 with a match between champions Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. The final is scheduled for May 27.