Dubai: The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have announced that Adam Zampa will replace fast bowler Kane Richardson in their squad for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020).
The Australian leg-spinner last played in the IPL for the Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2016 and 2017 editions, and even registered a six-wicket haul against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. His figures of 6/19 are the third-best in the history of the IPL. However, Zampa went unsold in the IPL 2020 auction at his base price of 1.5 crores.
Richardson and his wife are expecting their first child soon, which is the reason behind the Kangaroos pacer pulling out of the tournament.
Richardson is the latest in a long line of player replacements ahead of IPL 2020. Chris Woakes was one of the first to pull out of the tournament as he wanted to spend more time with his wife. His English teammate Jason Roy also recently withdrew from IPL 2020, citing that he wants to use the time to improve his fitness.
Chennai Super Kings vice-captain Suresh Raina chose to head back to India, with his teammates testing positive for COVID-19 reported to be the reason behind his decision.
Awesome.. We needed a spinner 😍https://t.co/Ruuz2Ak6jB— Cricket Fanatic🏏 (@cric8fanatic) August 31, 2020