A couple of days ago, it was announced that Mark Wood would miss IPL 2022. The pacer was purchased for INR 7.5 Cr by Lucknow Super Giants at IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions. Now that he has been ruled out, there are various discussions on who must replace him. Meanwhile, there is a report in the media that a bowler from Bangladesh could replace the Englishman. In this article, we take a look at the player who is reportedly set to replace Mark Wood at Lucknow Super Giants for IPL 2022.
English pacer to miss the competition
Mark Wood has been injury-prone in recent years but in the last few months or so, he was in good fitness. The player was part of the England squad that is playing against West Indies now. However, he had an issue with his elbow and had to sacrifice his game-time. Now, he has been forced to pull out of IPL 2022. Incidentally, Mark Wood has become the third English cricketer to pull out of the competition. While Wood’s reasons were due to his injury, Jason Roy and Alex Holes quit IPL 2022 citing bio-bubble fatigue.
Bangladesh pacer could replace Mark Wood at LSG
As per the Bangladesh website Kaler Kanth, 26-year-old Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed has been approached by LSG to replace Mark Wood. LSG’s overseas pace attack already includes Dushmantha Chameera and Jason Holder. Hence, there is a requirement for a foreign pacer who can bowl quick. Taskin Ahmed has been decent in this regard and hence, mentor Gautam Gambhir has identified the player as Wood’s ideal replacement.
However, Taskin Ahmed is currently participating in the ODI series against South Africa. He has also been named in the squad for the forthcoming Test series. Therefore, it needs to be seen if the Bangladesh Cricket Board would allow their pacer to play in IPL 2022.