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Alex Hales opts out of IPL 2022, Aaron Finch named replacement for Kolkata Knight Riders

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With just days before the beginning of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season, Kolkata Knight Riders have announced that they have signed Australian skipper Aaron Finch as replacement of Alex Hales, after the latter opted out due to bubble fatigue.

The Indian Premier League (IPL)’s 2022 season is set to get underway on the 26th March with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the opening match of the competition, the two teams that played in the final of the IPL 2021.

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But, with days before the commencement of the tournament, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have suffered a big blow as their new recruit, the England opening batsman Alex Hales has decided to opt out of the IPL 2022, citing bubble fatigue.

The franchise have also announced Australian cricket team’s limited overs captain Aaron Finch as the replacement for the English opening batsman.

It must be noted that Alex Hales had also opted out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) citing the same reason, however returned to help his team reach the playoffs, but his team couldn’t make it to the final.

In Aaron Finch, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have brought in a like for like replacement. Just like Alex Hales, Finch also likes to play agressive cricket and can form the left-right opening combination with either of Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine. It must be noted that Finch went unsold in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction.

Finch has a good experience of playing the world’s biggest T20 league. He has played 87 matches and has scored 2005 runs. He also lead the Australian side to their first ever T20 World Cup title in 2021. He has played 88 T20 International matches and has scored 2686 runs.

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