IPL 2020: Virat Kohli-led RCB sign Adam Zampa to replace Kane Richardson
RCB have replaced fast bowler Kane Richardson with legspinner Adam Zampa in their IPL 2020 squad
Dubai: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have named a spinner as a replacement for Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson, who will miss the entire season of IPL 2020.
On its Twitter handle, RCB said they have signed up Australian legspinner Adam Zampa in place of Richardson.
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“We’re thrilled to welcome Adam Zampa in RCB colours. He replaces Kane Richardson,” RCB wrote on their Twitter page.
“The RCB family is excited for Kane and his wife who are expecting the birth of their first child and respect his decision to pull out of the tournament,” they added.
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“We are disappointed to not have Kane's skills with us this IPL as he certainly on top of his game,” Mike Hesson, RCB’s 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. When looking at our squad for UAE conditions we felt it was an opportunity to bring in another quality legspinner in Adam Zampa to provide cover for Chahal and also give us extra options if conditions suit spin as expected during the tournament.”
Richardson was bought for Rs 4 crore in the IPL Players Auction. Zampa had a base price of Rs 1.5 crore and went unsold in last year’s auction.
Zampa had played for the now defunct Rising Pune Supergiant. In international cricket, he has dismissed India and RCB captain Virat Kohli seven times.
RCB have a lot of spin options in Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Moeen Ali, Shahbaz Nadeem and Zampa.
IPL 2020 will begin in the UAE from September 19. The BCCI is yet to release the fixtures for the tournament.