Lucknow Super Giants is all set to sign Zimbabwe pacer Blessing Muzarabani for upcoming IPL 2022. Muzarabani will replace injured England pacer Mark Wood. LSG had reportedly also tried to rope in Taskin Ahmed but the Bangladesh star couldn’t get an NoC to participate in the league by the Bangladesh Cricket Board. Taskin is presently playing for Bangladesh team in South Africa. The two sides are playing a three-match ODI series, which will be followed by a two-match Test series.
But, it is still not clear whether Muzarabani will be joining the franchise as Wood’s replacement or merely as a net bowler. It isn’t common for players from Zimbabwe to be playing in the Indian Premier League. In fact, if Muzarabani does come in to LSG as a replacement for Wood, it would be the first after 8 years that a Zimbabwe player will feature in the IPL as a contracted cricketer.
It was Brendan Taylor who last featured in the IPL from Zimbabwe. He used to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad and was released ahead of IPL 2015 season.
Ray Price (Mumbai Indians) and Tatenda Taibu (Kolkata Knight Riders) are other players from Zimbabwe who have featured in the IPL before.