New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson is all set to join Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore for the eleventh edition of Indian Premier League.
On March 24, the Technical Committee of IPL confirmed that Corey Anderson will replace injured Coulter-Nile.
Coulter-Nile had played a crucial role in Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise Kolkata Knight Riders in last season of the cash-rich league. Nile had picked 15 wickets from eight games. Coulter-Nile has been ruled out from the upcoming season of IPL due to ‘ample rest’.
According to the player regulations act of IPL, the Bangalore-based team were allowed to choose a replacement from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP), and Virat Kohli-led RCB picked Corey Anderson for his base price of INR 2 crores, BCCI revealed in a statement.
The head coach of RCB, Daniel Vettori also issued a statement confirming the news. “Nathan Coulter-Nile is still recovering from a sustained injury and has been prescribed ample rest. He is a player of tremendous talent and owing to his treatment however, he won’t be able to play during IPL season 11. His absence will be felt greatly both in the team and on ground. Team RCB wishes Nathan a heartfelt speedy recovery and an early come back.”
“Replacing him in the squad is the explosive Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson. Corey plays a bold game and has incredible potential. We all welcome him to the RCB squad,” Daniel Vettori added.
Virat Kohli-led RCB will start their campaign with an away game against Dinesh Karthik’s KKR on April 8.
Updated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad:: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Brendon McCullum, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Quinton De Kock, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Colin De Grandhomme, M. Ashwin, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Pavan Deshpande, Anirudha Ashok Joshi.