New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme is the new Black Caps cricketer to bag an Indian Premier League (IPL) deal. The 30-year-old has replaced banned West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell at Kolkata Knight Riders.
Grand home is a regular member in the Black Caps side. This seam bowler is also a hard-hitting all-rounder. He signed a contract with Kolkata franchise KKR on Tuesday for the cash-rich tournament.
Russell was banned from professional cricket on January 31 for violating his whereabouts clause.
With an all-rounder’s position got vacant, KKR went for Grandhomme for his seam bowling and hard hitting ability.
Russell has played 95 matches for West Indies but didn’t report his whereabouts to doping officials on three different occasions in 2015 and under anti-Doping Agency rules, as a result, he was banned for one year.
The Kiwi all-rounder will now join his compatriot Trent Boult at the KKR camp. The first match of the new season will be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore, in Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, KKR will launch their campaign against Br4endon McCullum lead Gujarat Lions on Friday.
With Grandhomme inclusion to the IPL side KKR, the numbers of Kiwi players in the popular T20 league now extended to 11.
Grandhomme has played six Tests and nine ODI and eight T20I. He has scored runs in T20 at a strike rate of 171.
Meanwhile, former Black Caps player Daniel Vettori will play the role of a coach at the Royal Challengers Bengaluru. However, RCB had to cope with a couple of blow in recent time; the current inclusion is captain AB de Villiers’ injury. He will miss entire tournament.
The Bengaluru side will be led by former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson.