Kolkata Knight Riders sign Lockie Ferguson and Rahmanullah Gurbaz from Gujarat Titans ahead of auction

Two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders have already started their preparations for the upcoming cash-rich league season. The Kolkata-based franchise has signed Lockie Ferguson and Rahmanullah Gurbaz from Gujarat Titans ahead of the mini-auction which is expected to take place later this year.

Ferguson joined KKR after a successful stint with the Titans in their first season. He played a pivotal role in their winning campaign in IPL 2022 picking 12 scalps in 13 matches.

The Kiwi pacemaker has so far played 35 IPL matches in which he won 36 wickets. Last season he had the fastest delivery of the season.

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Meanwhile, Gurbaz was signed as Jason Roy’s replacement by the Gujarat Titans but he didn’t get the chance to make his debut.

New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has been traded from Gujarat Titans to Kolkata Knight Riders for the upcoming TATA IPL 2023. He has played 13 games for Gujarat Titans and picked 12 wickets including a 4 wicket carry .”

“Kolkata Knight Riders have also traded Afghan wicket-striker Rahmanullah Gurbaz from the Gujarat Titans. He was included in the Gujarat Titans squad in the 2022 edition of the TATA IPL as a replacement for England striker Jason Roy but did not play any matches last season,” an IPL statement issued.

Previously, KKR appointed Chandrakant Pandit as their head coach. KKR parted ways with Brendon McCullum after last season as the former New Zealand wicketkeeper took over as head coach of the England Test team. Pandit guided Madhya Pradesh to Ranji Trophy triumph this year by beating 41-time Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai by six wickets in the summit clash to clinch their maiden title.

Meanwhile, they also appointed former Dutch cricketer Ryan Ten Doeschate as the franchise’s field coach.

Ten Doeschate, 42, who was part of KKR’s champion teams in 2012 and 2014, replaces James Foster, who was elevated to assistant manager.

“We are very happy to welcome Tendo to the KKR family in his role as a field coach. Tendo played an important role as a player from 2011 to 2014 and in the two championships that KKR won in 2012 and 2014 and has been a true supporter of KKR all these years,” said Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR.

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