Ali Khan becomes first American in IPL

Kolkata Knight Riders have roped in USA’s 29-year-old fast bowler Ali Khan as a replacement for the English seamer Harry Gurney. Gurney is scheduled to have surgery related to a shoulder injury, and has pulled out of both the IPL and England’s Vitality Blast last month. Khan’s signing will make him the first USA player to feature in the IPL.

Khan has been among the best fast bowlers in the CPL, and among the best performers over the last three years, which has earned him contracts in T20 leagues around the world. He was on KKR’s radar as a standby player last season as well. This CPL season, he took eight wickets in eight matches with an economy rate of 7.43. (Cricinfo)