Kolkata Knight Riders all set to rope in Ali Khan from the USA as a replacement for seamer Harry Gurney. 29-year-old Khan will be the first player from the USA to feature in the IPL. He will replace Gurney who pulled out of the IPL season and England’s Vitality Blast last month owing to a shoulder injury.
Khan will be one among Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, M Siddharth, Chris Green, Tom Banton and Nikhil Naik as the new inclusions in the Dinesh Karthik-led side this season.
The fast bowler has been a part of CPL 2020 winners Trinbago Knight Riders- a sister franchise of IPL’s KKR. The lanky bowler has been among the best bowlers in the recently concluded league. He bagged eight wickets with an economy rate of 7.43.
Known for his 140 kph speed and perfect yorkers during the slog overs, Khan broke into the T20 leagues scene in 2018 when he was picked up by Dwayne Bravo at the Global T20 Canada. The former Trinbago skipper took him to the CPL where Khan managed to get 16 wickets in 12 games he played. Eventually, Khan played for Bangladesh Premier League and Pakistan Super League as well.
Bravo, in one of his Instagram stories, posted a video with Khan, Brendon McCullum and a few more inside a plane with the caption ‘Next stop Dubai’.
Former Rajasthan Royals bowler Rusty Theron, who now plays for USA, was part of the now-defunct Deccan Chargers team in 2011 and Kings XI Punjab in 2010. But Theron, who was part of the Royals in 2015, moved to USA from South Africa in 2019.