This year Indian Premier League is full of surprises. For the very first time in the history of IPL, an American player joined IPL 2020 after Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) signed Ali Khan, 29 year old pacer from the United States of America. Ali Khan will replace Harry Gurney who is undergoing shoulder injury.
Ali Khan played for Trinbago Knight Riders in CPL 2020 and became the first American to play in Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL). Trinbago Knight Riders won CPL 2020 and remained unbeaten in the entire tournament.
In CPL 2020, 29 year old snapped up 8 wickets in 8 matches at an economy rate 7.43.
According to reports, Ali Khan was under consideration by KKR last year but no deal could be done.
Ali Khan got attention in the 2018 Global T20 Canada, where Dwayne Bravo noticed him and brought him to Carribean Premier League. Youngster played 16 matches for Guyana Amazon Warriors and grabbed 16 wickets.
Khan performed fantastically on his CPL debut and dismissed Kumar Sangakara with his first delivery.
Dwayne Bravo posted a video on his Instagram including with Ali Khan, Brendon McCullum and a few others under the Caption “ Next Stop Dubai”
“First of all, it’s a great honour to be the only USA player in the draft, I was in the auction last year but wasn’t picked, which was tough as I thought my chances were pretty good. This year, if I get picked, it’ll be something of a bonus. Since I started playing seriously, the IPL has been the one I’ve targeted. It’d be a dream come true.” Khan spoke on his selection in IPL 2020