Behrendorff replaces Hazlewood in Chennai

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – Left-arm fast bowler Jason Behrendorff will replace fellow Australian Josh Hazlewood at Chennai Super Kings for this year’s Indian Premier League, organizers of the Twenty20 competition said yesterday.

Hazlewood opted out of the eight-team tournament to rest after a difficult summer and stay fresh for a packed schedule of international cricket ending with the Ashes at the end of the year.

“Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has joined the Chennai Super Kings in place of compatriot Josh Hazlewood …” the league said in a statement.

Behrendorff represented the left arm of Mumbai Indians in the 2019 edition of the tournament.

Mumbai’s defending champions challenged Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first game in Chennai yesterday.

Australian heart regulator Behrendorff will play tomorrow’s Marsh Day Cup final against New South Wales in Sydney before linking up with Chennai.

Three-time Chennai champions, led by former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, kick off their campaign against the Delhi Capitals in Mumbai today.