Reigning champions Gujarat Titans (GT) have traded their fast bowler Lockie Ferguson and wicket-batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the forthcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Black Caps speedster Ferguson played 13 matches for GT and picked 12 wickets, including a 4-wicket haul against Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals (DC). He was acquired by Gujarat in the 2022 IPL Players’ Auction for a whopping price of INR 10 crore after the bidding war with DC, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s star player Gurbaz was included in the GT squad ahead of IPL 2022 as a replacement for England batter Jason Roy but did not feature in any game last season.
The auction for the 2023 edition of the IPL is scheduled to be held in Kochi on December 23, and ahead of the marquee event, all ten teams have been asked to submit the list of their retained players by November 15.
Current KKR squad:
Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Pat Cummins, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Nitish Rana, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Baba Indrajith, Chamika Karunaratne, Abhijeet Tomar, Pratham Singh, Ashok Sharma, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Tim Southee, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav, Aman Khan; Lockie Ferguson and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (traded from GT).