Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mentor David Hussey has revealed that the Australian player, Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch will not be taking part in the first five matches for the franchise due to their international commitments.
Cummins is already in Pakistan playing the third Test in Lahore while Finch will be joining him for the white-ball leg of the historic tour. Nevertheless, Hussey said they will be match-ready upon arrival in India.
“Well, it is a concern, you want your best players available, but international cricket should be the para-limit. Every cricketer should want to play international cricket for their countries so they have commitments that way.”
“I think Cummins and Finch will miss the first five games but they will be cricket fit and cricket ready. So, once they hit the ground running, both quality people and they will fit into the dressing room perfectly well,” Hussey said during a virtual press conference.
David Hussey says KKR has no shortage of wicket-keepers in the squad
Heading into the deeper phases of the IPL 2022 mega auction, KKR hadn’t bought a wicket-keeper. They shored that part of their squad up eventually, with the likes of Sam Billings joining the team. Hussey is quite satisfied with the options available and hopes the players can perform well.
“No, I think we bought well in the auction. We have Sheldon Jackson; he has dominated the Ranji Trophy and he is a good striker of the ball and he has been with the team for a few years now.”
“We also have Sam Billings; he has played Test cricket for England and he has kept wickets for England in the shorter formats. We are pretty well versed in the wicketkeeping department and it is up to us as the support staff to get the best out of our players,” he further added.
KKR will play the opening match of the season against the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings.