Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday suffered a massive setback when their strike bowler John Hastings was ruled out of the tournament due to an ankle injury. The Australian picked up the injury before the commencement of the India Premier League (IPL) season 9 at a practice session.
KKR have already requested for a replacement for the Aussie. The request, however, will only be processed once the IPL technical committee clears it.
Simon Katich, KKR’s assistant coach said, “We have looked into it. We have sent off the paperwork. Nothing has been confirmed regarding the player concerned. Hopefully that’ll happen in the next few days. We have sent out the paperwork to BCCI, we’ll just have to see what happens.”
Meanwhile, the burly Australian has been flown back home.
Katich was clearly upset about losing out on Hastings, given the right arm pacer was on top of KKR’s priority list at the auction. He said, “He bowled through a fair bit of pain. He had a fair bit of scans after that, and he has flown back to Australia. It’s a shame to see his campaign end prematurely.”
“He had fitted in really well into the team, and he had performed well in a couple of games. Yeah, unfortunately he’ll be doing a lot of rehab instead and working towards getting fit for the West Indies tour for Australia,” the former Australian opener said.
The pacer also took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to express his disappointment.
With the IPL out of the question now, Hasting would be desperate to recover from the injury and regain fit form before Australia’s ODI tri-series against the West Indies and South Africa in the Caribbean in June.