Adam Milne, who previously played for Bangalore, was signed by Mumbai at the auction for INR 75 lakhs. @ AFP

New Zealand pacer Adam Milne has pulled out of the Indian T20 league due to injury concerns. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo on Saturday, Milne, who previously played for Bangalore, was signed by Mumbai at the auction for INR 75 lakhs.

Milne’s exit due to a swollen heel has added to Mumbai’s bowling woes, having lost their second fast bowler after Sri Lanka’s veteran pacer Lasith Malinga on Friday announced his absence from the first six matches due to ICC World Cup 2019 preparations. (ALSO READ: Lasith Malinga prefers World Cup preparation over Indian T20 league)

Mumbai are believed to rope in West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph as a replacement. According to the rules, the amount a franchise can pay the replacement player cannot exceed that paid to the original player. So, any player that replaces Milne cannot be paid over INR 75 lakhs.

Mumbai begin their campaign as they face Delhi at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.