West Indian pacer Jerome Taylor has been announced as the replacement for injured Mumbai Indian’s star Lasith Malinga.
Malinga was ruled out of the tournament earlier due to a knee injury, which is expected to keep him out of action for the next three-four months. The pacer is also expected to miss Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of England.
Malinga has played 98 matches in the IPL since joining the Mumbai Indians in 2009 and was one of the prime reasons for Mumbai’s success in the recent past.
Taylor who previously played for the Kings XI Punjab and now-defunct Pune Warriors India will be available for selection for the Mumbai Indians (MI) after the completion of contractual paperwork formalities.
BCCI confirmed this news in a press release saying that,“Mumbai Indians have called up West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor to replace the injured Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga for the remainder of the IPL 2016. Taylor will be available for selection for MI subject to the completion of contractual paperwork formalities.”
“The pacer has previously played in IPL representing KXIP and Pune franchise. Mumbai Indians pace spearhead Lasith Malinga was ruled out after the medical team found him unfit because of a recurring knee injury. He has played 98 matches in IPL since joining the Mumbai Indians in 2009 season,” the release added.