IPL 2023: Kolkata Knight Riders acquire Ferguson, Gurbaz from Gujarat Titans

Kolkata Knight Riders have secured New Zealand quick bowler Lockie Ferguson and Afghanistan wicketkeeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz by way of trades from IPL champions Gujarat Titans forward of the public sale for the 2023 season, slated for December 23 in Kochi. It’s an all-cash commerce, the small print of which haven’t been disclosed by the IPL or the franchises.

Ferguson’s signing marks his return to the set-up he was a part of between 2019 and 2021. It is maybe additionally an indication of the group administration offloading just a few different quick bowlers to go in with a much bigger purse on the public sale.

Ferguson, who was signed for INR 10 crore (5 instances his base value) on the February public sale this yr, performed a key position for Titans of their inaugural season. He picked up 12 wickets in 13 video games at an financial system of 8.95 and a better of 4 for 27. He additionally bowled the quickest ball of the season, clocked at 157.3kph, to Jos Buttler within the last.

He picked up seven wickets in 5 video games throughout New Zealand’s T20 World Cup marketing campaign in Australia, the place they misplaced within the semi-finals to Pakistan.

The addition of Afghanistan’s Gurbaz offers KKR extra wicketkeeping choices. It is an space they struggled with within the IPL 2022, with neither of Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson and B Indrajith managing to nail their positions within the XI.

Gurbaz, who had listed himself at a base value of INR 50 lakh, went unsold initially earlier than being signed by Titans as a substitute for England’s Jason Roy. Gurbaz spent all the 2022 season on the bench with the Titans preferring the expertise of Matthew Wade and Wriddhiman Saha at completely different instances.

Gurbaz has already featured in abroad leagues such because the PSL, CPL, BPL, LPL and Abu Dhabi T10 League. In 99 T20s total, he has struck at 152.48, whereas accruing 2481 runs with 16 half-centuries and a century.

“Each gamers depart behind unforgettable recollections,” Vikram Solanki, Titans’ group director, mentioned. “Lockie’s four-wicket haul towards Delhi Capitals is a efficiency we’ll all the time keep in mind. Whereas Gurbaz didn’t play a recreation, his promise and expertise was evident proper by.”
On Friday, Royal Challengers Bangalore traded Australia quick bowler Jason Behrendorff to Mumbai Indians. That they had signed Behrendorff for his base value of INR 75 lakh however did not subject him in any of the video games this season.

Along with the purse remaining from the earlier public sale and the worth of the gamers they launch, groups have been given a further INR 5 crore to spend at this public sale, making the general purse INR 95 crore (approx. US $11.5 million).

KKR, the two-time champions, completed the final season seventh with six wins and eight losses.

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