Champions League Twenty20: Kolkata Knight Riders' Morne Morkel Ruled Out

Updated: 12 September 2014 12:26 IST

Morne Morkel became the third player, after Australian batsman Chris Lynn and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan to be unavailable for the Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders during the upcoming Champions League T20.

Champions League Twenty20: Kolkata Knight Riders' Morne Morkel Ruled Out
Morkel's unavailability is a huge blow for KKR. © AFP

New Delhi:

Kolkata Knight Riders suffered another injury blow before the start of the Champions League Twenty20 with South African medium-pacer Morne Morkel becoming the third overseas player to be ruled out of the competition due to a shoulder injury. (Mumbai Indians to Miss Rohit Sharma for CLT20)

Earlier, Australian batsman Chris Lynn was ruled out after a shoulder surgery, while Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan had his No Objection Certificate (NOC) cancelled by the Bangladesh Cricket Board because of disciplinary issues.

KKR team manager Joy Bhattacharya Thursday confirmed that wicketkeeper-batsman Manvinder Bisla, who was part of the 15-day training and fitness camp in Bloemfontein with Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav, will take Morkel's place in the 15-member squad.

Morkel, who was bought by KKR for Rupees 28,000,000 at the 2014 player auction, bagged 12 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 30.58 and economy of 7.64. (Perth Scorchers Ready to Light up India)

KKR are now left with five overseas signings with Jacques Kallis, Sunil Narine, Ryan ten Doeschate, Andre Russell and Pat Cummins raring to go in the sixth edition of the CLT20, starting Saturday.

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