Published: 2nd April, 2018
Surrey and England bowler Tom Curran has joined Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2018 Indian Premier League.
Curran has been selected for his first experience of the IPL as replacement for injured Australian seamer Mitchell Starc.
He will now meet up with his side before their first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday 8 April.
The 23-year-old joins fellow Surrey man Jason Roy in this year’s competition after the batsman was picked up by Delhi Daredevils during January’s auction.
Curran’s selection comes after a breakthrough winter in the international game. After making his Test debut in the Boxing Day Ashes test, he starred for England’s white ball sides against both Australia and New Zealand.
He said: “I’m thrilled and excited to be joining Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL. I know from chatting to other players I can learn a lot from being in that environment, skills that I hope will benefit Surrey and my chances of representing England again this year and if selected, for next year’s World Cup.
“I want to thank Alec Stewart and everyone at Surrey County Cricket Club for supporting my ambitions and allowing me this great opportunity. I can’t wait to represent Surrey again when I return, hopefully with a few more tricks up my sleeve.”
Director of Cricket Alec Stewart said: “Losing Tom to the IPL for the first part of the season is not ideal from a Surrey viewpoint but as a club we have a duty to help England and our players in achieving their goals and ambitions.
“The experience he will gain through playing in the IPL can only help develop his game which in turn will give England a greater chance of winning the 2019 World Cup. His absence from the Surrey team will allow other players on our staff to stand up, perform and grab their opportunity.”
We’ll have regular updates of the progress of Tom and Jason in this year’s Indian Premier League on Twitter at @surreycricket.