Kolkata Knight Riders, on Wednesday, confirmed the signing of New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert for the remainder of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The Kiwi star has been signed up by KKR to replace Ali Khan who was recently ruled out of the tournament due to an injury.
Ali Khan, who became the first player from USA to be signed by an IPL franchise, was carrying the injury with him from the CPL. KKR, however, let him train with the squad and waited for him to recover but the bowler failed to so. According to KKR CEO Venky Mysore, Ali was on the verge of recovery but couldn’t recuperate in time.
Ali was himself an injury replacement. KKR had roped him last month after Nottinghamshire left-arm paceman Harry Gurney suffered a shoulder injury and was sidelined.
Earlier, Northern Districts had confirmed Tim Seifert will be an absentee for the Plunket Shield as he was called in as a replacement player in IPL. Both, Ali Khan and Tim Seifert were a part of CPL 2020 champions – Trinbago Knight Riders. Ali Khan had bagged 8 wickets in the tournament while Tim Seifert had struggled with the bat, scoring 133 runs in nine innings at a strike rate of 109.91.
He’s got a 💯 off 40 balls in T20 cricket!
That speaks for itself!
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 20, 2020
As far as KKR’s position in the league is concerned, they are currently at the fourth spot with 5 wins from 9 games. The two-time champions will be in action on Friday when they take on third-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi.
Last week, Eoin Morgan replaced Dinesh Karthik as the captain of the side and registered his first win as captain when KKR beat SRH. The England skipper would be looking to continue the winning run when his side take on high-flying RCB.
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