Indian Premier League 2011 April 29, 2011

Haddin ruled out of IPL with finger injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brad Haddin, the Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders wicketkeeper, has been ruled out of the rest of the IPL with a fractured finger. He has been replaced by South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, who was part of the IPL commentary team this season and represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first three editions.

"Boucher can open, he can play in the middle order, and he plays spin very well," Venky Mysore, the CEO of the franchise, told ESPNcricinfo. Boucher last played for South Africa in a limited-overs game in June 2010, as AB de Villiers emerged as a preferred wicketkeeper-batsman.

Haddin had picked up the injury during Australia's recent one-day series in Bangladesh, and though he played one IPL game after that tour, an MRI on Thursday revealed that his finger hadn't yet healed.

Kolkata have used three different wicketkeepers in the tournament already, all of whom have opened the batting. Manvinder Bisla played five games as an opener, while Shreevats Goswami was drafted in for the game against Delhi Daredevils.

Haddin came into the IPL in good form, having been Australia's highest run-getter in the World Cup.

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  • Michael on May 2, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Khadem, mate there were plenty of other options other than Tamim or Imrul. Those may have been the only viable Bangladeshi options, but KKR isn't restricted to picking replacements from Bangladesh. It's an Indian domestic tournament that allows international players - they can pick whomever they wish. Having said that, both Tamim and Imrul have been in good form lately and I'm sure they would do well - but to say there are no alternatives is patently ridiculous.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Boucher is an excellent choice for KKR :) The hard hitter is more than haddin :) line up: Yusuf Pathan Boucher Tiwary Kallis Gambhir Morgan Shukla Lee Abdulla Unadkat Balaji

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    i think........kkr has gone mad...kkr was my fav team before but after taking boucher i have lost hope ..................Remembr: One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel ...........

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    I thing mark boucher is best choice because mark is best wicket keeper and kkr need it.

  • Arifur on April 30, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    There was no alternative but to pick either Tamim Iqbal or Imrul Kayes. This team needs a strong and reliable opener which could be fulfilled by either of them. Imrul Kayes is one of the best fielders of Bangladeshi team and a second best wicketkeeper in the side apart from Mushfiq Rahim. KKR should have considered a genuine opener like him as well. Actually, India always undermine Bangladeshi players. It's their habit. By choosing Mark Boucher, they have proved it all again. When they have nowhere to go, they play off a Bangladeshi player. When Masrafe and Ashraful, being in the best forms, were a part of IPL years ago, they were kept off the field like watch-dogs. India need to change their attitude. Because IPL is no longer an Indian game but global. All international players should be treated by their quality and ability at contemporary time, but not by their identity. Arif Khadem, Sydney

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    i think boucher cn do it for kkr..tamim has less xperience dn him..he knows how to handle d situation well..nd he can turn around d games for kkr..between kkr is doing really well ds of luck for rest of d matches :)

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Tamim is the best replacement

  • Simon on April 30, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Boucher has had an EXCELLENT domestic season and was dropped by Corrie van Zyl for "personal reasons" not because of form. I am delighted to see him back in the mix.

  • Alamgir on April 30, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Ignoring Bangladeshi like Tamim in IPL -- anything other than cricket? As there is no tangible reason.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Tamim is the best replacement for Brad haddin....I think KKR need a good opener......I hope they will change their decision and they should call Tamim.

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