IPL 2020: Virat Kohli’s RCB loses Kane Richardson, Zampa announced replacement

Kane Richardson has pulled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) and Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. Richardson who is currently on tour with the Australian team for the series against England pulled out as his wife is expecting birth of their first child. 

Australia’s leg-spinner Adam Zampa has been announced as his replacement in the RCB squad for IPL 2020

RCB confirmed the news on Twitter. Kane Richardson pulled out of the IPL as his wife is expecting the birth of their first child.

 

“We are disappointed to not have Kane’s skills with us this IPL as he certainly on top of his game,” Mike Hesson, Royal Challengers‘ team director, said.

“However once we found out Kane and Nyki’s baby was due during the IPL, it’s an exciting time and we were fully supportive of Kane wanting to be at the birth of the first child”

 
IPL 2020 : Adam Zampa will replace Richardson in RCB squad
 
Zampa previously played for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant. Zampa finished the 2017 season taking 19 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of 7.54. The haul included 6 for 19 – the best IPL figures by a spinner. 
 

Zampa’s entry bolsters a spin attack that already includes India internationals Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar. Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi and the uncapped Shahbaz Ahmed are the other spin options in the Royal Challengers squad.

“When looking at our squad for UAE conditions we felt it was an opportunity to bring in another quality leg-spinner in Adam Zampa to provide cover for Chahal and also give us extra options if conditions suit spin as expected during the tournament.”, said RCB Coach Hesson.

 
Zampa, who had listed his base price at INR 1.50 crore (AUD 276,000), was earlier unsold at the December 2019 auction. Both Zampa and Richardson are currently in the UK for three T20Is and three ODIs against England. The tour ends on September 16, three days before the start of IPL 2020.