Ali Khan, the first American cricketer to feature in the Indian Premier League, ruled out of the tournament without even playing a single match. He was included in the Kolkata based franchise.
He was recovering from a side strain which he sustained during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020.
Now as per reports, Kolkata Knight Riders team has included New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert as a replacement for the fast bowler Ali Khan.
KKR’s team has given this information on its Twitter handle. Tim Seifert is counted among the most dangerous batsmen of the T20s and was also seen in the CPL T20 league played in the West Indies this year.
“He’s got a 100 off 40 balls in T20 cricket! That speaks for itself! Here’s welcoming explosive Kiwi, Tim Seifert,” KKR posted on their Twitter handle.
Tim Seifert holds the record for the fastest century in New Zealand’s domestic T20 league, having scored a century in just 40 balls. Seifert has played some very quick innings for New Zealand in international cricket as well.
The wicket-keeper batsman has scored 457 runs in 24 T20 matches for New Zealand at an impressive strike rate of 139.75. In the CPL T20 league played in the West Indies this year, he scored 133 runs in 9 innings at a strike rate of 109.91.
Significantly, after Harry Gurney’s exit from IPL 2020, Ali Khan had given a chance in the team by KKR, but later Ali Khan was also ruled out of the entire tournament due to a muscle strain. Ali Khan did quite well this year in the CPL, he took a total of 8 wickets in this T20 league.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have won 5 out of the 9 matches played so far this season, while the team has lost in 4 of them. They are currently placed at the fourth spot in the points table with ten points.
The team will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi today (21 October). KKR will have to win 3 out of the remaining 5 matches to qualify the playoffs.