IPL 2020: Ali Khan becomes first USA cricketer to feature in IPL; replaces Harry Gurney for KKR

Ali Khan recently played for Trinbago Knight Riders in CPL 2020.

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday (September 13) announced USA pacer Ali Khan as the replacement for injured England left-arm pacer Harry Gurney for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in UAE.

Ali Khan becomes the first cricketer from USA to feature in the cash-rich T20 league after an impressive showing for the champions Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020, where he picked eight wickets from eight matches. The Pakistan-born 29-year-old fast bowler will act as a fine backup for Pat Cummins and Lockie Ferguson for the Knight Riders.

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KKR CEO Venky Mysore posted a tweet to welcome the newest addition to the squad of the two-time winners and was quoted by the official Twitter account of the franchise.

Khan bowls at speeds around 140 kmph and has featured in several domestic T20 leagues around the world. He has also played international cricket for USA and was Man-of-the-Match in their victory over Kenya in 2018.

KKR will play their first match of the 13th edition of the IPL against defending champions Mumbai Indians on September 23 in Abu Dhabi.


By Saurabh Malhotra - 13 Sep, 2020

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