IPL 2021: Pacer Umran Malik comes for SRH as a short-term Covid replacement for T Natarajan.© Instagram
SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) has appealed to medium-paced Umran Malik as a short-term COVID-19 replacement for T Natarajan for their ongoing 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign in the United Arab Emirates. Natarajan had tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the team’s game against the Delhi Capitals on September 22. Malik played a T20 and List A match for Jammu Kashmir and chose a total of four wickets. He is already part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad as a net pitcher, an IPL statement said.
Team Update: Umran Malik, a fast pitcher from Jammu and Kashmir, who was with the #Risers as a net pitcher, has been added to the squad as a short-term COVID replacement for T Natarajan. #OrangeArmy #OrangeOrNothing # IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/0erUIJLPgg
– SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 24, 2021
Under Policy 6.1 (c), franchisees are allowed to sign a short-term replacement until the original team member is cleared to return to the team’s bio-secure environment.
Therefore, Malik will only be part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad until Natarajan recovers and is cleared to join the squad.
SunRisers Hyderabad is currently at the bottom of the points table. The team last suffered an eight-wicket loss to the Delhi Capitals on Wednesday. The team will then face the Punjab Kings on Saturday.
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