Yusuf Abdulla included in Kings XI squad

April 5th, 2009 - 4:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Mohali, April 5 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab has roped in South African left-arm medium fast bowler Yusuf Abdulla in place of injured West Indian Jerome Taylor. They have also included David Nosworthy, head coach of South African first class team The Lions in its coaching team.
Fast bowler Taylor was picked up by Kings XI Punjab in this year’s auction but has been ruled out of the IPL after sustaining an injury from a car accident.

Kings XI’s pace attack has been weakened this season. Taylor is the third on its injury list after S. Sreesanth and Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who is recovering from a foot injury.

Abdulla is currently one of South Africa’s leading bowlers in domestic competition. Abdulla has played 26 T20 matches with an economy rate of 5.83, one of the best in the world. The 26-year-old made an impressive T20 debut against Australia last week.

“We are excited to have Yusuf as part of our squad, as he will bring with him the local knowledge and experience of playing in a T20 format in South Africa,” said Ness Wadia, Co-Promoter, Kings XI Punjab.

The team will have a eight day camp starting Monday in Port Elizabeth.

“The eight day camp will have 27 players go through paces and stake a claim for the final touring squad,” coach Tom Moody said.

“Port Elizabeth is logistically a great venue for our training. It will help our players get familiarized with South Africa and its conditions for the upcoming season,” he said.

Nosworthy, a high performance team manager will work with Kings XI coach Tom Moody and will be part of the coaching camp in South Africa.

“His experience of coaching the local The Lions Cricket team will be invaluable in the teams’ preparation,” Wadia said.

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