Former India skipper, Sourav Ganguly, who will be serving as the Director of Cricket of Delhi Capitals (DC) has confirmed that stumper-batter Rishabh Pant will not be taking part in the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 25-year-old is still recovering from a horrifying car accident because of which he suffered some gruesome injuries on the entire body.
Soon after the accident, Rishabh Pant was taken to a local hospital for primary aid before he was shifted to Max Hospital in Dehradoon. Recently, the cricketer was airlifted to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Mumbai where he has undergone knee surgery.
According to the latest reports, Rishabh Pant will be out of action for at least six months. While talking about the same, Ganguly said that Rishabh’s absence will bother the team but they will nevertheless have a great season in the upcoming edition.
During a recent chat with Sports Today, Sourav Ganguly said, “Rishabh Pant will not be available for the IPL. I am in connection with Delhi Capitals. It will be a great IPL (for the team), we will do well but Rishabh Pant’s injury will affect the Delhi Capitals.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has stepped in and taken complete responsibility for Rishabh Pant’s medical requirements. As per reports, the governing body will also take care of Pant’s commercial interests. The Roger Binny-led organization will pay INR 16 crore (Pant’s IPL salary) even though the cricketer will miss the tournament.
Not just his IPL salary, the board will also be paying INR 5 crore central contract payments in full. The medical team of the board is currently monitoring the health of Rishabh Pant and is reported to be in constant touch with the doctors.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals is on a hunt to find a new skipper for the upcoming season. As per the report, they might turn to Australian opener, David Warner for the role as the veteran has prior experience of leading a side in the cash-rich league.