Ali Khan recently became the first cricketer from the United States of America (USA) to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman Tim Seifert has been called up by the KKR squad to replace U.S. fast bowler Ali Khan, who has been ruled out of the 2020 IPL due to a side strain. Ali Khan was the first player to be selected in the IPL by the United States, but he could not play a single match so far this season.
According to a report in stuff.co.nz, Seifert's domestic team Northern Districts, had "confirmed" that the hard-hitting batsman "was another absentee [for the Plunket Shield] in coming weeks, summoned to the IPL as a replacement player".
Ali Khan was drafted into the KKR set-up after the Nottinghamshire left-arm paceman Harry Gurney suffered a shoulder injury ahead of the T20 Blast in England. Warner touched the landmark figure during the team's clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
But questions around Khan's match-readiness never quite went away, with an IPL media statement on October 7 saying - prematurely, as it turned out - that he was "injured, and will miss the rest of the season".
The Knight Riders' chief executive Venky Mysore had said that while Khan's injury was untimely, the franchise was optimistic about his recovery. Ali, who became the first ever US cricketer to land an IPL contract, complained of a side strain and will leave UAE without playing a single match.
Seifert has played three ODIs and 24 T20Is for New Zealand, in which he has scored 33 and 457 runs.