NEW DELHI: Will Jacks, an English batter, has been replaced with Michael Bracewell from New Zealand by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.
Jacks was acquired by RCB in the player auction for INR 3.2 crore, however he was forced to withdraw from the second ODI between England and Bangladesh in Mirpur due to a muscular ailment. He had to forego the IPL after scans and consultation with a specialist.
His replacement, Bracewell, has played in 16 T20 Internationals for New Zealand, scoring 113 runs and taking 21 wickets. Bracewell, 32, who has never participated in the IPL, will sign with RCB for his base salary of INR 1 Crore.
On April 2, Royal Challengers face the Mumbai Indians in their opening match of the IPL 2023. Since May 2019, they haven't played at their home stadium, Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Bracewell, 32, is equally handy with bat and ball, and has played 7 Tests, 19 ODIs and 16 T20Is for New Zealand. In a T20 career of 117 matches, he has 2284 runs at a strike rate of 133.48, and 40 wickets with an economy rate of 6.52. Bracewell joins captain Faf du Plessis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Glenn Maxwell, Reece Topley, David Willey and countrymate Finn Allen as the overseas players at Royal Challengers.
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