New Zealand seamer Scott Kuggeleijn has replaced South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi in the Chennai Super Kings’ squad for the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Ngidi was ruled out of the tournament earlier this month, after sustaining a side injury during the Proteas’ ODI series against Sri Lanka.
‘For Lungi, we’ve been a bit more selective. It’s obviously a different level of replacement player based on price, and we’ve gone with Scott, who’s a New Zealand international who bowls quick and bats well,’ said Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming.
‘So we’ve looked for an all-rounder, who has good pace and good variations. He’ll be joining us next week. We value all the players in the squad.
‘We’ve got some good talent. Mohit Sharma is yet to play and he’s getting back from a fitness injury. We haven’t got a tall, bounce bowler that Ngidi was. Kuggeleijn has got pace and the velocity, which is something different.’
The 27-year-old Kuggeleijn has played two ODIs and four T20Is since May 2017’s debut against Ireland.
England all-rounder David Willey, meanwhile, has withdrawn from Chennai’s campaign due to personal reasons.
‘We can’t replace David, and David’s got a personal issue at home that he’s dealing with. We’ve supported him and we’ll continue to support him, contrary to some of the statements that have come out,’ added Fleming.
‘We can’t replace him no matter what happens, so it’s just about us supporting him and his family as they go through some issues at home. So that’s the end of the story.’
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