KKR has signed Tim Southee for the remaining of the IPL 2021 slated to be held in the UAE. A franchise official has confirmed the signing of Tim Southee by the KKR franchise in place of Pat Cummins for the second phase of the IPL 2021. Pat Cummins has pulled out of the second phase of the IPL due to personal reasons.
Southee has been featured in the IPL for six consecutive years, however, he went unsold in the 2020 auction. He was last seen into action in the IPL 2021 when he played for RCB & finished with an economy rate of 13 in the three matches he played.
Tim Southee has previously been a part of the CSK, MI & RCB squad. He played 40 matches of which he has scalped 28 wickets at an economy rate of 8.47. “Tim has been a strong player and has been the spearhead of the New Zealand team. In the UAE conditions, we hope he will be very effective,” a KKR official said. The exact amount of signing Tim Southee has not been revealed yet.
Tim Southee who will be the third New Zealand player in the KKR squad who was expected to be a part of the New Zealand team for their twin tours of Bangaldesh & paksitan but he was not included in the final squad under Tom Latham’s leadership.
KKR head coach Brendon McCullum will coach the team in the second phase of the IPL 2021. “He will be back for the IPL,” said the official of KKR, which owns the Trinbago Knight Riders team in the CPL.
KKR is currently placed on the seventh spot in the IPL 2021 points table by scoring four points from two wins out of seven games. KKR is hopeful that Tim Southee’s inclusion in the squad will strengthen their bowling attack in the remainder of the IPL 2021. “He will be a backup to Lockie Ferguson. With his new ball skills, he should be very effective in the UAE conditions,” the KKR official said.
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