Royal Challengers Bangalore have announced that West Indies star spinner Samuel Badree will not be a part of any of the matches of IPL 2016 as he has struggled to get his fitness back. Badree has now been replaced with South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.
Twenty six-year-old Shamsi has never represented the Proteas at the senior level, but his bowling record in domestic cricket has been impressive. He was the top wicket-taker for Caribbean Premier League (CPL) side St Kitts and Nevis Patriots last season, as he picked up 11 wickets.
"Meet our new mysterious spinner. He has arrived from Johannesburg this morning. Yet to get to know him a lot better but I've seen him bowl for the [South African domestic team] Titans," RCB bowling coach Allan Donald said in a statement in the IPL side's official website.
"He is very successful with what he's done in the past couple of years so I think Dan [Daniel Vettori. RCB head coach] has made a good buy for us. So look out for a lot of mystery balls in there."
Shamsi, a left-arm chinaman bowler, is known for turning the bowl a long way on both sides of the wicket, leaving the batsmen completely puzzled. He becomes the third South African cricket in the RCB squad this year; AB de Villiers and David Wiese are the other two.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have so far won just one of their previous three games at IPL 2016 and are currently (as on April 21) sixth in the eight-team league.