Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) during the players’ auction in January, has been ruled out of the upcoming IPL season owing to an injury and has been prescribed ‘ample rest’.
New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson will replace Coulter-Nile in the RCB squad, the IPL Technical Committee confirmed on Saturday.
In accordance with the Player Regulations, the Royal Challengers Bangalore were allowed to choose a replacement from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP), and the Bangalore-based franchise subsequently picked the New Zealand all-rounder for his base price of INR 2 Crore, a BCCI media release stated.
The franchise also issued a statement, confirming the news. “Nathan Coulter-Nile is still recovering from a sustained injury and has been prescribed ample rest. He is a player of tremendous talent and owing to his treatment however, he won’t be able to play during IPL season 11. His absence will be felt greatly both in the team and on ground. Team RCB wishes Nathan a heartfelt speedy recovery and an early come back.
“Replacing him in the squad is the explosive Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson. Corey plays a bold game and has incredible potential. We all welcome him to the RCB squad,” Daniel Vettori, RCB head coach, said through the release.
The 2016 IPL finalists, RCB, will begin their campaign with an away game against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 8.