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After World Cup call up Kane Richardson withdraws from T20 blast

Jhye Richardson had injured his shoulder during the five-match ODI series against Pakistan in UAE.

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Kane Richardson of Australia
Kane Richardson of Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The 28-year-old right-arm fast bowler Kane Richardson was called up to join the World Cup squad of Australia as a replacement for the injured Jhye Richardson. Kane, who was supposed to represent Derbyshire in the T20 Blast, has withdrawn his name from the T20 league after his World Cup call-up.

Earlier, Jhye Richardson had injured his shoulder during the five-match ODI series against Pakistan in UAE. However, the 22-year-old fast bowler was named in the 15-man World Cup squad for Australia as the officials were hoping for his recovery right on time before the showpiece event started. But the news was Jhye hasn’t recovered yet and Kane was called in as a replacement on May 8. 

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Following that, Kane Richardson requested Derbyshire to release him from the contract as a part of his workload management this season. The ICC World Cup 2019 begins on May 30 and the final will be played on July 14 at the Lord’s. Whereas the Vitality T20 Blast only begins on July 18. 

After Kane’s withdrawal, the Derbyshire club has now started looking for a replacement. According to the official website of the club, Derbyshire’s Head of Cricket Dave Houghton was quoted, “We’re disappointed to lose Kane, but we’re progressing nicely in finding a new overseas bowler. There are several players available to us, but we won’t jump at the first option. We’ve got a talented squad here and we need a player who can complement our side.

“The team have made a good start to the season and there’s a great attitude within the group. It’s a hungry squad who’ve brought a great atmosphere to training. We’ll continue working hard and an international-level bowler coming in can only help our progress, ” he added.

The World Cup is a childhood dream for me, says Kane Richardson

Expressing his excitement, the 28-year-old said: “I’m over the moon because it’s a childhood dream for me.” He, however, sympathizes for the youngster Jhye Richardson who missed out on a golden chance. Sympathising with Jhye, he said,” I’m super excited but at the same stage I’m feeling for Jhye.”

“I remember four years ago missing out on at that 2015 team. I was 24 then and I thought at the next one I’ll be 28, so that’s probably my shot I still wasn’t thinking about it a month ago. But to get the call yesterday that struck me the most. I remember watching the World Cup in England in 1999, that was the one I went to the video store and rented the VHS and watched that back! It kind of hit me then that these things don’t come around,” he concluded.

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