Two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) today said it had signed up New Zealand all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn to replace injured Lungi Ngidi for the remainder of the season.
"Kuggeleijn, 27, is a fast-medium bowler and a capable batsman who has turned out for New Zealand in two one-day internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals," a press release from CSK said.
He had also played in the three-match T20I series against touring India in February, which the hosts won 2-1. This will be his first appearance in IPL, the cash-rich T20 league.
"For Lungi, we have gone with Kuggeleijn, who bowls quick and bats well. So, we have looked for an all-rounder who has good pace and good variations. He will be joining us next week," CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said at a press conference on Saturday.
Ngidi was ruled out of the ongoing IPL even before its start after the South African pacer felt discomfort while bowling during the last ODI against Sri Lanka at Newlands recently.
Meanwhile, England and CSK all-rounder David Willey pulled out of the current IPL season on Friday, citing personal reasons.
"David's got a personal issue at home that he is dealing with and we have supported him and we will continue to support him," Fleming said.
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