IPL teams turn to auction rejects: Hashim Amla called in place of injured Shaun Marsh at KXIP

Joining a long list of IPL-rejects now being lapped up by franchises after a flurry of injuries to major players, South Africa batsman Hashim Amla is set to replace the injured Shaun Marsh at Kings XI Punjab.

Amla tweeted about his new assignment, saying he was "excited" to be a part of the ongoing IPL.

Hashim Amla. Getty

Hashim Amla. Getty

Australian left-handed opener Marsh had pulled out of the IPL after suffering a back injury, joining compatriots Mitchell Marsh (side-strain), Steve Smith (wrist), and John Hastings (ankle) on the way back to Australia.

Amla, who had a base price of Rs 1 crore, was passed over in the IPL auction

With crippling injuries putting teams in crisis, players who were ignored in the IPL auction are now being called upon to serve as band-aid. Rising Pune Supergiants have roped in George Bailey, former KXIP captain, and Australia opener Usman Khawaja, both of whom were overlooked in the auction.

Mumbai Indians called up destructive Black Caps opener Martin Guptill, who had a base price of Rs 50 lakh but was surprisingly unsold in the IPL auction, to replace the Lendl Simmons, and West Indian pacer Jerome Taylor, also unsold in auction, to replace Lasith Malinga.

The ongoing IPL has seen an unusually high number of injuries, with Rising Pune Supergiants hit the worst of the lot with four core players (Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith, Mitch Marsh) ruled out of the tournament due to injuries.

Mitchell Starc (RCB), Samuel Badree (RCB), Lendl Simmons (MI), Joel Paris (DD), Lasith Malinga (MI), Yuvraj Singh (SRH) make up the rest of the of the lot who have bitten the dust.

Updated Date: May 04, 2016 15:08 PM

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