The Super Giants have Sri Lankan pacer Dushmanta Chameera as an overseas fast bowling option, as well as fast bowling all-rounder Jason Holder.

The Lucknow Super Giants, the newest entrants to the Indian Premier League (IPL), are looking for a new pacer after their star choice Mark Wood was ruled out of the upcoming squad with an elbow injury. The franchise, which is owned by the RPSG Group, has donated 7.5 crore to the Englishman at auction this year.

Reports suggest Wood will retire from the game indefinitely to plan his recovery. England have also yet to name a replacement for the third Test against the West Indies, which starts on March 24.

Now that his unavailability is certain, the Lucknow franchise is in talks with several alternatives to step into Wood’s shoes, reports suggest. The Super Giants have Sri Lankan pacer Dushmanta Chameera as an overseas fast bowling option, as well as fast bowling all-rounder Jason Holder.

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FE Online is looking at five alternatives that could draw the Super Giants:

ANDREW TYE

A well-known commodity on the IPL circuit, the Aussie Quick has played 27 matches in the league and amassed 40 wickets, including a 24 wicket season in 2018. It had a base price of Rs 1 crore at auction but failed to find a buyer .

KANE RICHARDSON

Another Aussie, the former Royal Challengers Bangalore player, also went unsold in the 2022 auction. However, Wood’s injury could be a boon for the speedster, who has taken 19 wickets in 15 IPL matches.

ALI KHAN

A relatively unknown product, the Pakistan-born American cricketer has played franchise leagues around the world and was also part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad in 2020, although he was ruled out with an injury. The 31-year-old has played for the Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Khulna Titans, Kabul Zwanan, Karachi Kings and Islamabad United and has the experience and credentials to play in the IPL.

JOSH LITTLE

Signed as a net bowler for the Chennai Super Kings, the Irishman could be a quick fix for the Super Giants courtesy of bubble-to-bubble transfer. The Pacer was the second youngest T20I player on his debut against Hong Kong, aged 16 years and 309 days, in 2016. He has registered 31 wickets from 34 T20Is.

BLESSING MUZARABANIA

Another promising pacesetter, the Zimbabwean, remained unsold at auction this year despite a base price of Rs 50 lakh. The 25-year-old knows the subcontinental wickets thanks to his time with the Multan Sultans in the just-concluded Pakistan Super League, where he finished with five wickets in four matches. He was instrumental in Sultan’s Pakistan Super League win in 2021 by 10 wickets.


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