Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have been dealt with another blow as their United States fast bowler Ali Khan has been ruled out of IPL 2020 due to injury. Although the official statement disclosed by the IPL does not clarifies the kind of injury sustained by Ali Khan. The US fast bowler was roped in to the side as a replacement of Harry Gurney.
Gurney had to undergo a shoulder surgery before the start of the IPL 2020 and was ruled out. Khan was named as his replacement becoming the first player from the US to be signed by an IPL franchise. The IPL statement however mentioned that he will miss the remainder of the tournament due to injury.
“…Kolkata Knight Riders signed up Ali Khan as a replacement for injured Harry Gurney. Khan became the first USA cricketer to be signed up by an IPL franchise. Unfortunately, Khan has since been injured and will miss the rest of the IPL 2020 season,” an official IPL statement read.
Khan, the first player from the US to join an IPL franchise, was, however, unable to find a place in the playing XI in the four matches that KKR played till now in the tournament.
The right-arm fast bowler had come into the IPL on the back of a successful campaign at the Caribbean Premier League 2020 with the Trinbago Knight Riders — the CPL franchise with the same parent company as KKR — in which they won all 12 matches to seal the title. In the season, Khan took eight wickets in eight matches that he played.
The Dinesh Karthik-led side, with four points, is currently placed at the fourth spot in the points table and will next take on Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday evening at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.