Australian limited-overs skipper, Aaron Finch has been named by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as a replacement for England batter Alex Hales for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Hales has decided not to take part in the upcoming tournament owing to the bubble fatigue. Finch – Australia’s ICC T20 World Cup-winning captain, has thus far played 88 T20Is and has amassed as many as 2686 runs with the help of a couple of centuries and 15 fifties.
Earlier, Alex Hales took to his Instagram account to announce that he will not be taking part in the upcoming 15th edition of the IPL. In his post, Hales wrote: “I don’t feel as though I can commit myself to another extended period within a secure environment. It wouldn’t be fair on the team or myself if I wasn’t able to perform to the level expected of me. I’ll now take some time to rest and recharge ahead of the summer.”
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Official Twitter account of IPL confirmed the news of Alex Hales being replaced by Aaron Finch. They captioned the post as: “🚨 NEWS 🚨: Aaron Finch joins Kolkata Knight Riders as a replacement for Alex Hales. #TATAIPL”.
🚨 NEWS 🚨: Aaron Finch joins Kolkata Knight Riders as a replacement for Alex Hales. #TATAIPL
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 11, 2022
Finch, who has played 87 IPL games and has over 2000 IPL runs, will join KKR at the price of Rs 1.5 Crore. KKR – the two-time IPL Champions – will kickstart the TATA IPL 2022 proceedings on March 26 when they take on Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.