Cricket: Blackcaps all-rounder Michael Bracewell reportedly targeted for IPL injury replacement by Royal Challengers Bangalore

Blackcaps all-rounder Michael Bracewell is reportedly in line for an Indian Premier League payday, targeted as an injury replacement player for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Bracewell, 32, was unsold at the auction for the 2023 IPL season, before announcing himself to the Indian franchises with a blistering century in the Blackcaps' one-day international series defeat in January.

However, a season ending injury to England all-rounder Will Jacks has opened up a spot for Bangalore to fill on their roster, with ESPNCricinfo reporting Bracewell will be signed in his place.

After 19 ODIs, Bracewell boasts a batting average of 42.50, with two centuries and a high score of 140. 

With the ball, he's taken 15 wickets at 42.26, however in T20 Internationals, Bracewell has taken 21 wickets at an average of 10.42, with best figures of 3/5.

Bangalore boasts a strong Kiwi connection, with former Blackcaps coach Mike Hesson acting as the franchise's director of cricket operations.

White Ferns captain Sophie Devine was a key signing for Royal Challengers in the Women's Premier League, while Blackcaps opening batter Finn Allen is also on the men's roster.

IPL sides are permitted to sign replacement players, provided their base price was equal to or less than what the franchise paid for the injured player.

Jacks was sold for 3.2 crore Indian (NZ$623,000). Bracewell was available for significantly less than that, with his base price at 1 crore (NZ$192,000).