New Delhi: West Indies speedster Shamar Joseph has got himself an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract after being roped in as a replacement for England’s Mark Wood by Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) for the upcoming 2024 season. Joseph single-handedly dismantled the star-studded Australian batting line-up in their second innings grabbing a seven-wicket haul for 68 runs to steer his side for a momentous victory at the iconic Gabba in Brisbane last month.
His heroics in the Australia test series have made him the most sought-after pacer in the world. He will be joining LSG for Rs 3 crore marking his first stint in the IPL.
“Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) named Shamar Joseph as a replacement for pacer Mark Wood for the upcoming edition of the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Joseph will join LSG for INR 3 Crore. The speedster was recently at the forefront during West Indies’ Test win at the Gabba. He picked 7 wickets in the 2nd innings to script a historic win in Australia for West Indies,” the IPL said in a statement.
Interestingly, Joseph has featured in a mere two T20 matches in his career. He was a part of the Caribbean Premier League franchise Guyana Amazon Warriors in the 2023 edition.
Why is Wood unavailable for LSG?
The turn of events hints Wood will remain unavailable for the IPl 2024, reasons being unclear. He is currently featuring in a touring England side which is facing India for a five-match Test series. The English pace spearhead was a part of LSG in 2022 but couldn’t get himself a game due to an elbow injury. He played four games in the 2023 edition bagging 11 wickets which included a five-wicket haul as well but pulled out soon after citing personal reasons.
However, according to ESPNcricinfo, it’s the England Cricket Board (ECB) who pulled out Wood from the IPL 2024 to manage his workload as the T20 World Cup approaches days after IPL 2024’s conclusion. Also, England are to host West Indies and Sri Lanka for Tests in the home summer. Notable, the English board also prevented Jofra Archer from taking part in the IPL 2024 auction to manage his comeback from injury for the T20 World Cup.