Two-time Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders have signed Surrey and England fast bowler Tom Curran as replacement for the injured Australian pacer Mitchell Starc.
Starc was ruled out with a stress fracture, paving the way for the the 23-year-old Englishman to make his IPL debut.
Curran was picked for INR 1.62 crore from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP) list.
A yorker specialist, Curran also bowls a deceptive, back-of-the-hand slower ball, and his skills were on full display in a thrilling ODI against Australia in January. Curran claimed a wicket with his second ball in his T20I debut for England earlier last year.
“I’m thrilled and excited to be joining Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL,” Curran was quoted by the Surrey website.
An utility batsman with a strike-rate of 128.36, Curan has played over 51 T20s with a highest score of 51 not out. He also joins fellow Surrey player Jason Roy in this year’s competition after the batsman was picked up by Delhi Daredevils during the January auction.
Curran’s selection comes after a breakthrough winter season in the international game. After making his Test debut in the Boxing Day Ashes Test, he played well during England’s white ball sides against both Australia and New Zealand.
“I know from chatting to other players I can learn a lot from being in that environment, skills that I hope will benefit Surrey and my chances of representing England again this year and if selected, for next year’s World Cup.”
England players in the IPL;
Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals)
Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals)
Moeen Ali (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Jason Roy (Delhi Daredevils)
Alex Hales (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Chris Woakes (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Mark Wood (Chennai Super Kings)
Sam Billings (Chennai Super Kings)
Chris Jordan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Tom Curran (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Jofra Archer (Rajasthan Royals)