India Under-19 fast bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 due to a foot injury. Also, South Africa fast bowler Lungi Ngidi flies back home following the demise of his father. Nagarkoti was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 3.2 crore, while Ngidi was bought by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for Rs 50 lakh. Both cricketers are yet to feature in their team’s XI in their first two matches of the season. According to Cricbuzz, fast bowler Prasidh Krishna has been named Nagarkoti’s replacement. The Karnataka pacer bowled at the KKR nets recently.
Krishna in his lone First-Class match picked up a fifer against the visiting Bangladesh A side at Mysore. He has played 19 List A matches and three T20s so far in which he has picked up 33 and 4 wickets respectively.
As far as Ngidi is concerned, it is not revealed whether he will be back for the IPL, but for the moment, the South African pacer has not been ruled out of the tournament. Cricket South Africa (CSA) condoled the death of Ngidi’s father, Mr. Jerome Ngidi.
“Cricket South Africa is shocked and deeply saddened by the passing away of Mr Ngidi. We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Lungi and his family. May the Lord be with him and comfort the rest of the Ngidi Family during this difficult time,” said CSA President, Chris Nenzani.
“I am taking this moment to pass my condolences to the Ngidi family. It has to be even more difficult to lose a father figure at such a young age for Lungi. May the soul of Mr Ngidi rest peacefully,” noted CSA Acting Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe.