Ingram to skip 9th edition of BBL
The 33-year-old left-hand batsman Colin Ingram will not be featuring in the 9th season of the Big Bash League owing to family reasons. Former South African player has completed a two-year agreement with the conclusion of the 2018-19 tourney, where he garnered 610 runs for Adelaide Strikers maintaining at a strike-rate of 138.95 in 25 matches.
Adelaide Strikers finished at second last on the points table and Colin Ingram ended as the second-leading run-scorer behind Australia’s Jonathan Wells.
As Ingram could not renew his contract due to family reasons, South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) general manager of high performance, Tim Nielson expressed his disappointment on losing a key player.
“We are disappointed to lose Colin but we were aware that it was a strong possibility that for family reasons he could not commit to a new contract,” Tim Nielsen was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
Tim also recalled Ingram’s best performances which he helped the team to win the championship last year.
“He is a quality player and leader and was one of the key players behind our first BBL title win last year. We wish Colin, Megan and family all the best,” Nielsen said.
Ingram also skippered the team very well as he led Adelaide Strikers on 14 occasions in Travis Head’s absence who was on international duty.
The Strikers will have to fill the void in Ingram’s place. It has also been learnt that no bid was made for AB de Villiers by the team as he will not be available for the whole season.
(With inputs from ANI)