Mujtaba Yousuf, Kashmir's 19 Year Old Pacer Called By Mumbai Indians For Trials
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Mujtaba Yousuf, Kashmir’s 19 Year Old Pacer Called By Mumbai Indians For Trials

Mujtaba Yousuf, Kashmir’s 19-year-old pacer has been called by the Mumbai Indians for trials, after his impressive show in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

IPL 2021 auctions are set to take place in February and the teams have named the players who will be retained this year, and players who will go under the hammer. While some prominent names have been released by the franchises, once again the focus is on youngsters, that the teams are eyeing.

Mujtaba Yousuf
Mujtaba Yousuf. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Mujtaba Yousuf Bagged 5 Wickets In 4 Matches In Syed Mushtaq Ali T20

The pacer Mujtaba Yousuf bagged five wickets in four matches in the tournament and has already moved to Mumbai to prepare for his trials. Also, it was reported that scouts from various teams were present in Bengaluru to spot talent when Mujtaba Yousuf’s name surfaced. His association with IPL is not new as he went to the UAE for IPL 2020, as a net bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders.

With regards to IPL 2021, Glenn Maxwell has been released from KXIP along with Sheldon Cottrell, K Gowtham, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Jimmy Neesham & Karun Nair. Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh have been released from CSK while SunRisers Hyderabad released Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen among others.

Lasith Malinga.
Lasith Malinga. Image Credit: Getty Images

Aaron Finch and Moeen Ali along with South Africa’s Chris Morris have been shown the door for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Jason Roy, Sandeep Lamichhane, Alex Carey and Mohit Sharma have been released by Delhi Capitals. Kolkata Knight Riders have also decided to part ways with Tom Banton, Siddhesh Lad and Nikhil Naik.

Delhi Capitals have traded pacer Daniel Sams and all-rounder, Harshal Patel, to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Mumbai Indians have released the likes of Lasith Malinga and Sherfane Rutherford along with Mitchell McCleneghan, Nathan Counter Nile and James Pattinson. Pacer Lasith Malinga retired from franchise cricket but ended as highest IPL wicket-taker.

Harbhajan Singh Thanked Chennai Super Kings For Spending 2 Years

Meanwhile, veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has turned out for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2018, took to Twitter on Wednesday (January 20) to thank the team for his time at the franchise.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh (Credits: Twitter)

The spinner had previously spent the entirety of his IPL career in the Mumbai Indians (MI) till 2017 from the inaugural year 2008 but had been released from the side ahead of the 2018 edition of the tournament, with CSK electing to pick up the experienced campaigner.

Their decision was justified as he played a key role in the side going on to eventually win the trophy after their comeback into the tournament from a two-year ban in 2018. He opted out of IPL 2020 citing personal reasons.