Mumbai Indians have named West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor as the replacement for Sri Lanka hotshot Lasith Malinga for the remainder of IPL 2016. The 31-year-old had played in only the 2011 edition of the Indian Premier League with the now-defunct Pune Warriors India.
He was also a part of Kings XI Punjab in the past, but didn't play any match with the Punjab franchisee.
"The 31-year-old will bring pace and accuracy to the MI bowling unit which boasts the likes of Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah and Tim Southee," said Mumbai Indians in a statement released on Wednesday afternoon.
The replacement has been approved by the IPL, according to the BCCI. Taylor, however, would be eligible for selection in the IPL 2016 matches only after he completes all the contractual formalities.
Malinga, earlier ruled out of the ICC World T20 2016 owing to a recurring knee injury, was named in the Mumbai Indians squad for this season despite the injury.
Taylor, a member of the World T20 2016 winning squad for West Indies, took six wickets during his only IPL season.
"Taylor's addition to the squad will give Ricky Ponting and Co an additional resource to bolster the MI bowling unit," the statement added.
Taylor is the second replacement for Mumbai Indians this season. Earlier, New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill had replaced West Indian batsman Lendl Simmons.