With Kane Richardson pulling out of the 2020 season of the Indian T20 League due to the birth of his first child, fellow Aussie Adam Zampa has been announced as his replacement in the Bangalore squad.
Zampa joins the already-formidable line-up of spinners on Bangalore, including Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar and Pawan Negi.
The team's head coach Mike Hesson said, "We are disappointed to not have Kane's skills with us this (Indian T20 League) as he's certainly on top of his game.
However, Hesson is looking forward to the variation that Zampa stands to bring to the Bangalore arsenal, "When looking at our squad for UAE conditions, we felt it was an opportunity to bring in another quality legspinner in Adam Zampa to provide cover for Chahal and also give us extra options if conditions suit spin as expected during the tournament."
While Zampa had gone unsold in last year's Indian T20 League auction, Richardson was bought by Bangalore for four crore rupees.
Zampa and Richardson are presently in the United Kingdom along with the rest of the 21-man squad for the upcoming limited-overs series against England.
The two sides will face each other for the first of three T20I matches on Friday, September 9.
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