This year’s IPL Schedule (Indian Premier League) has been highly unusual. After it was forced into a hiatus by an escalation of COVID in the biosecure bubbles of four franchises, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) was forced to suspend the league in May 2021 temporarily. After the suspension, the IPL was scheduled to start on 19th September 2021 in the UAE. The choice of UAE as the venue for the IPL was due to the success of last year’s IPL edition, which was held there in its entirety with no hiccups.
However, the IPL’s woes were not yet over. Some major cricket boards (e.g., England and Wales Cricket Board and Australian Cricket Board) announced that they would not allow their players to return to the second leg of the IPL as they will need them for international duties. The upcoming ICC T20I World Cup scheduled for October only served to cement this decision.
Thus IPL franchises were adversely affected as some overseas players could not feature in the second phase of the IPL 2021. In addition, there were also absentees due to injury or other reasons. The affected franchises have since announced replacements for the absentee players.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was the most affected, with five replacements necessary. Sri Lankan all rounder Wanindu Hasaranga will replace Australian Adam Zampa, while Dushmantha Chameera will replace Australian Daniel Sams. Akash Deep will replace the injured Washington Sundar. Akash has played 15 T20s, 9 First-Class matches, and 11 List A games and has taken 73 wickets in the process. Other RCB players to be replaced are Kane Richardson and Finn Allen, who George Garton and Tim David will replace, respectively.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) made four replacements in their squad. South African Tabraiz Shamsi will replace Australian Andrew Tye. Englishmen Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, and Jos Buttler will be replaced by Glenn Philips, Oshane Thomas, and Evin Lewis, respectively. Oshane Thomas will be making a return to Rajasthan Royals as he has represented RR in the past.
Punjab Kings will have three replacements in the squad. Adil Rashid and Nathan Lewis will replace Australians Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith, while South African Aiden Markram will replace Englishman Dawid Malan.
Delhi Capitals had two replacements to make in their squad. M Siddharth and Chris Woakes were replaced with Kulwant Khejroliya and Ben Dhwarshuis, respectively.
Mumbai Indians had a single change with Gujarat’s left-arm medium-pacer Roosh Kalaria replacing Mohsin Khan. Kalaria has played 54 First-Class matches, 46 List A games, and 31 T20s, snaring a total of 271 wickets
Sunrisers Hyderabad also made a single replacement with veteran West Indian IPL player Sherfane Rutherford replacing English maestro wicket keeping-batsman Jonny Bairstow. Sherfane has previously played for Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians.
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