TATA IPL 2022: Aaron Finch returns to IPL after one-year absence as replacement for Alex Hales at Kolkata Knight Riders

Aaron Finch joins KKR as a replacement for Alex Hales

TATA IPL 2022: Aaron Finch replaces Alex Hales at KKR – In what was a surprise withdrawal, Alex Hales withdrew from the IPL citing biobubble fatigue. Kolkata Knight Riders have named Australian whiteball captain Aaron Finch as a new replacement.

“Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have signed Aaron Finch as a replacement for England batsman Alex Hales for the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Hales has cited bubble fatigue as the reason for his withdrawal from the tournament,” he said. the BCCI in a statement. statement.

“We respect Alex Hales’ decision to choose family and mental well-being over his participation in the upcoming IPL season. We will miss having him in Galaxy of Knights this season, but we wish him all the best,” said KKR CEO Venky Mysore.

Aaron Finch, who led Australia to the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year, has played 88 T20Is and scored 2686 runs with the help of 2 hundreds and 15 half centuries.

“We are delighted to welcome Aaron Finch, the winning captain of the T20 World Cup, to the Knight Riders family. He is excited to join the rest of the KKR team in Mumbai and we look forward to benefiting from his vast experience,” said Venky Mysore.

The Australia captain last played for RCB and has played 87 IPL matches, scoring over 2,000 runs. He will join KKR at the price of INR 1.5 crore. However, Finch will not be in IPL action until April 12, as he will lead Australia in the three-match ODI and the one-off T20 against Pakistan. He will miss the first five matches of the IPL 2022. Also, his place in the KKR Playing XI will not be guaranteed as the veteran player has stagnated.

Alex Hales is the second England player to withdraw from the IPL due to bubble fatigue. Previously Jason Roy left the IPL and Rajasthan Royals replaced him with Rahmanullah Gurbaz from Afghanistan. It should be noted that both English players were sold at the base price of Rs 1.5 Cr.

Two-time IPL champions KKR will kick off the TATA IPL 2022 proceedings on March 26 when they take on Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Kolkata Knight Riders Full Squad IPL 2022: 

Retained: Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine,

Auction picks: Shreyas Iyer, Pat Cummins, Nitish Rana, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Chamika Karunaratne, Baba Indrajith, Ashok Sharma, Pratham Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, Sam Billings, Alex Hales (Pulled out), Ramesh Kumar, Mohammed Nabi, Aman Khan, Umesh Yadav, Aaron Finch.

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