Cape Town - Defending IPL champions,
Kolkata Knight Riders, have recruited Johan Botha and Azhar Mahmood as
replacements for the injured pair of James Neesham and Chris Lynn, ESPNcricinfo
Neesham, who failed to make New Zealand's
World Cup squad, has not regained match fitness after an unspecified injury,
while Lynn was ruled out for 10 weeks after a hamstring problem in Australia’s
Sheffield Shield earlier this month.
Mahmood is vastly experienced, having
played 213 T20s, and has knowledge of Indian conditions. He has played two
seasons in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab - 2012 and 2013 - and made 382 runs at a
strike-rate of 129.05. In 22 matches, he has also taken 29 wickets at an
economy rate of 7.61.
Botha, 32, recently also signed with the
Sydney Sixers for the next three Big Bash League seasons.
Botha has played for South Africa in all
three formats of the game, making his Test debut at the SCG in 2006, and has
played 78 ODIs and 40 T20 Internationals.
In the IPL he has played for the Rajasthan
Royals and the Delhi Daredevils and he will join the Trinidad and Tobago Red
Steel in this year’s Caribbean Premier League.
The 2015 IPL tournament starts on April 8.