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IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Come In As Replacements For The UAE Leg
IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Come In As Replacements For The UAE Leg.

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Come In As Replacements For The UAE Leg

IPL 2021, the much-awaited second phase of the cash-rich league is all set to resume from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Reigning champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on three-time winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the opening game at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.

However, ahead of the resumption of the fourteenth season, many players have withdrawn from IPL 2021 citing various reasons. While some have opted to stay out for fitness concerns and personal reasons, others focused on the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021, which will start right after the lucrative league. Due to this, IPL franchises have also announced replacements for those players who will not be available for the remainder of IPL 2021.

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Come In As Replacements For The UAE Leg

Wanindu Hasaranga replaces Adam Zampa (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga. Image Credits: Twitter

RCB, who had a great run so far, has roped in Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as a replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Wanindu Hasaranga was the star performer for Lanka in the recently concluded series against India.

Wanindu Hasaranga was brilliant in the T20I series against India and also played an important role with the bat in the last two matches to help Sri Lanka clinch the series. The legspinner and lower-order hitter was impressive in India’s series against Sri Lanka picking up 7 wickets from 3 matches to be Man of the Series.

Dushmantha Chameera replaces Daniel Sams (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Dushmantha Chameera
Dushmantha Chameera. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sri Lanka and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Dushmantha Chameera is reputed for his pace, control, and round-arm action. He also boasts an excellent yorker and an effective slower ball in his arsenal. With 31 wickets in as many T20Is at an economy rate of 7.76 and an average of 17.26, Dushmantha Chameera is fifth on the list of highest wicket-taking pacers for Sri Lanka in the shortest format.

Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Rajasthan Royals (RR) signed him for Rs. 50 lakh in 2018, but he never featured for them. Three years later, he was signed by the RCB as a replacement for Kane Richardson for the second leg of the IPL 2021 season, which will soon start in the UAE.

George Garton replaces Kane Richardson (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

George Garton
George Garton. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Royal Challengers Bangalore has signed English fast-bowler George Garton as a replacement for Australian bowler Kane Richardson for the remainder of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The left-arm quick has featured in 38 T20s and has taken 44 wickets with a bowling average of 20.06. As a batsman, George Garton has a batting average of 20.77 in the T20s, with a strike rate of 124.66. This will be his debut season in IPL 2021.

Tim David replaces Finn Allen (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Tim David (Image Source: timdavid8- Instagram)
Tim David (Image Source: Instagram)

Australian batsman Tim David, who plays for Singapore, has so far scored 558 runs in 15 T20Is at an impressive strike rate of 158.42. He also has 1186 runs to his name in 50 T20 matches at 155.84 including six half-centuries. Finn Allen of New Zealand is part of the T20I and ODI squads for the tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan.

While the Bangladesh tour concludes well before the IPL 2021 resumes, the Pakistan tour clashes directly with the cash-rich league. Since ICC has accorded T20 International status to all its 106 member nations, Tim David has played 14 T20 Internationals with 558 runs in his kitty at a strike rate of 158 plus. Overall, he has played 49 T20 games, factoring in his appearances in the BBL and PSL with a tally of 1171 runs at a strike rate of 155 plus.

Akash Deep replaces Washington Sundar (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Washington Sundar, Akash Deep
Washington Sundar, Akash Deep. Image Credits: Twitter

Bengal cricketer Akash Deep, who is with Royal Challengers Bangalore as their net bowler, has been named as injured Washington Sundar’s replacement. Washington Sundar has played 42 IPL matches since 2017 managing 217 runs and picking 27 scalps. In 6 matches in IPL 2021, he picked 3 scalps and scored 31 runs.

RCB will be without their allrounder Washington Sundar for the UAE leg of IPL 2021 after he failed to fully recover from a finger injury. Washington Sundar had sustained the injury in the UK last month which ruled him out of the ongoing Test series between India and England as well. Washington Sundar hurt his finger during a warm-up match in the lead-up of the five-match series.

Glenn Phillips replaces Jofra Archer (Rajasthan Royals)

Glenn Philips
Glenn Philips. Image Credits: Twitter

24-year-old Glenn Phillips represents Auckland in New Zealand’s domestic cricket and made his international debut for New Zealand during a bilateral T20I series against South Africa in 2017.

The top-order batsman has 506 runs to his name in 25 T20Is with a strike rate of 149.70 and has also been involved in various cricket leagues around the world, most recently in The Hundred and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). England pacer West Indies-born Jofra Archer was ruled out from IPL 2021 and for the rest of the year following an elbow injury.

Tabraiz Shamsi replaces Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals)

Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi. Image Credits: Twitter

Tabraiz Shamsi, the world’s number one ranked T20I bowler in ICC rankings, will be joining the Rajasthan Royals squad as a replacement for Australian pacer Andrew Tye for the remainder of IPL scheduled to be held in the UAE from September 19. Tabraiz Shamsi had earlier played four IPL matches in which he picked up three wickets for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who had recruited him as a replacement player during the 2016 season.

Nathan Ellis replaces Riley Meredith (Punjab Kings)

Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis has signed for an IPL franchise for the 2021 season | Courtesy: @HurricanesBBL | Photo Credit: Twitter
Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis has signed for an IPL franchise for the 2021 season | Courtesy: @HurricanesBBL | Photo Credit: Twitter

PBKS have signed Australian fast bowler Nathan Ellis for his country teammate pacer Riley Meredith. Nathan Ellis recently was in the limelight following his hat-trick on his international debut against Bangladesh earlier this month. The right-arm pacer is also one of the reserve players in Australia’s 2021 T20I World Cup squad.

Adil Rashid replaces Jhye Richardson (Punjab Kings)

Punjab Kings rope in Adil Rashid. (Image Credit: PBKS Twitter)
Punjab Kings’ rope in Adil Rashid. (Image Credit: PBKS Twitter)

Punjab Kings have signed Adil Rashid as a replacement player for the UAE leg of IPL 2021. The 33-year-old England leg-spinner, the joint-highest wicket-taker at The Hundred, replaces Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson, who along with compatriot Riley Meredith, has withdrawn from the second half of the tournament.

Adil Rashid, who hasn’t played in the IPL before, is currently ranked fourth in ICC’s list of T20I bowlers and has taken 232 wickets from 201 T20 matches at an economy of 7.43. He will also be one of three leg-spinning options for KL Rahul alongside the Indian pair of Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin.

Adil Rashid is ranked fourth in the ICC table for T20I bowlers, behind South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi, who recently signed with the Rajasthan Royals, Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga, now a Royal Challengers Bangalore replacement player, and Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan stalwart who has been a star for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Aiden Markram replaces Dawid Malan (Punjab Kings)

Aiden Markram(twitter)
Aiden Markram (twitter)

Punjab Kings suffered a big blow just eight days ahead of the second phase of IPL 2021 as their star player Dawid Malan pulled out of the tournament. No sooner the England player made himself unavailable for the second leg, the red brigade roped in South African batsman Aiden Markram in their side.

PBKS recent recruit Aiden Markram of South Africa is equally a competent batsman who would be playing his inaugural edition in the second phase of IPL 2021. The 26-year old has a fine T20 record. He has played 53 innings, amassed 1424 runs, and returned with an average of 30.95. He has played 26 Tests, 34 ODIs, and 15 T20Is and averages above 35 in Tests and T20Is.

Dawid Malan, who played his inaugural edition of IPL this season was bought by the PKBS for INR 1.5 crores during the IPL 2021 auction. In the first leg, however, the explosive batsman played just one match for the team where he scored 26 runs.

Tim Southee replaces Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Tim Southee is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket, with 99 strikes in 83 games Associated Press
Tim Southee is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket, with 99 strikes in 83 games Associated Press

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have signed Tim Southee for the remaining 31 games of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Pacer Tim Southee, understandably, comes in place of Australian pace all-rounder Pat Cummins who has pulled out of the IPL 2021 second leg, citing personal reasons.

Having featured in the IPL for six consecutive years, Tim Southee went unsold in the 2020 auction. His most recent appearance came in the 2019 edition when he turned up for RCB, finishing with an economy rate of 13 in the three games he played. The 32-year-old right-arm pacer had previously played for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Mumbai Indians (MI), and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

In 40 IPL games, he has picked 28 wickets at an economy rate of 8.47. Pat Cummins picked 12 wickets in 14 games that included a 4-wicket haul in the 2020 IPL season. He bowled well in IPL 2021 picking 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31.

Sherfane Rutherford replaces Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

Sunrisers Hyderabad rope in Sherfane Rutherford for remainder of IPL 2021. (Twitter Photo)
Sunrisers Hyderabad rope in Sherfane Rutherford for the remainder of IPL 2021. (Twitter Photo)

Sunrisers Hyderabad have signed West Indies batsman Sherfane Rutherford as a replacement for Jonny Bairstow for the UAE leg of IPL 2021 slated to begin from September 19. Sherfane Rutherford has featured in only one IPL season as he represented Mumbai Indians in 2019 and managed to score just 73 runs across 7 games.

Sherfane Rutherford, who has made 1102 runs in the T20 format at a strike rate of 138.26, is currently plying his trade with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League and is having a good season. He’s scored 202 runs in 7 games including 3 fifties.

Notably, SRH has had a disastrous campaign so far winning only one of the seven games in the first phase of IPL 2021 and are currently placed at the bottom of the table.

Ben Dwarshuis Replaces Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals)

Ben Dwarshuis is the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the BBL Getty Images
Ben Dwarshuis is the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the BBL Getty Images

Chris Woakes was part of the Delhi Capitals and took five wickets in three games in the first half of IPL 2021 at 16.40 apiece. The franchise announced Australian seamer Ben Dwarshuis as his replacement on Monday. Ben Dwarshuis has taken 100 wickets in 82 T20 matches at an average of 23.73.

The 27-year-old, who plays for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League, is the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the history of the tournament with 85 wickets in 69 matches. Delhi Capitals confirmed that English all-rounder Chris Woakes has pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons.

Evin Lewis And Oshane Thomas Too Replaces Jos Buttler And Ben Stokes Of RR

Evin Lewis & Oshane Thomas Signed By Rajasthan Royals Image: ICC/Twitter/AP
Evin Lewis & Oshane Thomas Signed By Rajasthan Royals Image: ICC/Twitter/AP

Rajasthan Royals have signed West Indies opening batter Evin Lewis and fast bowler Oshane Thomas as replacements for Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, for the second leg of IPL 2021, which will run from September 19 to October 15 in the UAE. Evin Lewis is West Indies’ fifth-highest run-getter in T20Is, with 1318 runs, including 103 sixes. Only Chris Gayle (121) has hit more sixes for West Indies in T20I cricket.

Oshane Thomas picked 5 wickets in his maiden IPL season in 2019 before being benched by Rajasthan Royals.  Evin Lewis played two seasons in the IPL for Mumbai Indians in 2018 and 2019, scoring 430 runs from 16 games at 26.87.  Oshane Thomas who made his international debut in 2018, has picked up 27 wickets in 20 ODIs, and 19 wickets in 17 T20Is.

 

RCB Blue Jersey-Twitter
RCB Blue Jersey-Twitter
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Royal Challengers Bangalore To Sport A Blue Jersey Against KKR To Pay Tribute To Covid-19 Heroes And Frontline Workers

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise will be sporting a blue jersey in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on September 20 to pay tribute to the COVID-19 heroes and frontline workers. The announcement was made on RCB’s official Twitter account on Tuesday.

When the league was suspended in the first week of May this year, RCB was in the third spot having won five of their seven matches while losing twice.

Virat Kohli's RCB to sport blue jersey to pay tribute to frontline workers , Videograb
Virat Kohli’s RCB to sport blue jersey to pay tribute to frontline workers, Video grab

Royal Challengers Bangalore To Wear Blue Jersey Against Kolkata Knight Riders On 20th September

Royal Challengers Bangalore has roped in Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as a replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Other replacements for RCB are Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson, and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen. Royal Challengers Bangalore named Bengal pacer Akash Deep as injured spin all-rounder Washington Sundar’s replacement.

“RCB to wear Blue Jersey v KKR on 20th. We at RCB are honoured to sport the Blue kit, which resembles the colour of the PPE kits of the frontline warriors, to pay tribute to their invaluable service while leading the fight against the Covid pandemic,” RCB tweeted.

The Virat Kohli-led side would like to get the UAE leg off to a winning start and take one step closer to making the playoffs. Currently, with five wins from seven games, they are placed 3rd in the points table. Earlier this year, Virat Kohli had announced that his franchise will be making a financial contribution to help the healthcare infrastructure related to Oxygen support in Bengaluru and other cities of the country.
Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga. (Getty Images)
Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga. (Getty Images)

RCB had joined hands with the Give India Foundation to provide around 100 units of oxygen concentrators to extend support in Bangalore, and other cities. Since the start of the pandemic last year, RCB’s parent company, Diageo India has manufactured and distributed 3 lakh litres of sanitisers and committed 75 Crores INR towards the program to support the Indian hospitality sector.

IPL 14 Was Postponed In May 2021 After Bio Bubble Breaches And Prevailing Covid-19 In India

The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings and defending champions Mumbai Indians. The action will then shift to Abu Dhabi where Kolkata Knight Riders will square off against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sharjah will host its first game on September 24 when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Chennai Super Kings. In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and 8 in Abu Dhabi. The board has come up with a 46-page health advisory that lays down all the pointers that everyone associated with the IPL needs to follow in order to ensure the smooth functioning of the league.

Representational image of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup trophy | AFP / Jewel Samad
Representational image of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup trophy | AFP / Jewel Samad
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Sri Lanka Cricket Names 15-Man Squad And 4 Reserves For T20I World Cup 2021

Sri Lanka begin their campaign on 18 October against Namibia in the First Round qualifier of the forthcoming 2021 T20I World Cup. Group A also has Ireland and the Netherlands. Sri Lanka has named a squad made up of a combination of youth and experience for the Twenty20 World Cup to be played next month.

The squad features 15 players and an additional four reserves as injury replacements and includes former captain Dinesh Chandimal, current captain Dasun Shanaka, and opening batsman Kusal Perera. In all, six batsmen, five all-rounders, and four bowlers were included.

Kusal Perera. (Credits: Twitter)
Kusal Perera. (Credits: Twitter)

Sri Lanka Names 15-Man Squad And 4 Reserves For T20I World Cup 2021 Without Major Omissions

The following squad was selected by the Cricket Selection Committee to take part in the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2021, which will be played in UAE and Oman from 17th October to 14th November 2021.

 Sri Lanka will be looking to clinch their second T20 World Cup title this year (AFP Photo)
Sri Lanka will be looking to clinch their second T20 World Cup title this year (AFP Photo)

2014 champions Sri Lanka on Sunday announced their 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman in October-November. There were no major omissions apart from Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, and Danushka Gunathilaka, who are serving year-long bans for breaking COVID-19 protocols on their tour of England in July.

Sri Lanka Announced Spin Heavy Squad Including Maheesh Theekshana And Praveen Jayawickrama

Sri Lanka announced a spin-heavy squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday. The islanders have included 4 frontline spinners in their 15-man squad while two have been named in the reserves.

21-year-old mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana and the uncapped Praveen Jayawickrama have made it to the Lankan squad along with Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjaya de Silva while Akila Dananjaya and leg-spinner Pulina Tharanga have been named in the reserves.
Veteran seamer Nuwan Pradeep has been included as part of a pace attack that includes Dushmantha Chameera and all-rounders Chamika Karunaratne and Lahiru Madushanka.
Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga. (Getty Images)
Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga. (Getty Images)

The squad was approved by the Minister of Youth and Sports Honorable Namal Rajapaksa.

  1. Dasun Shanaka – Captain
  2. Dhananjaya De Silva – Vice Captain
  3. Kusal Janith Perera
  4. Dinesh Chandimal
  5. Avishka Fernando
  6. Bhanuka Rajapaksa
  7. Charith Asalanka
  8. Wanindu Hasaranga
  9. Kamindu Mendis
  10. Chamika Karunaratne
  11. Nuwan Pradeep
  12. Dushmantha Chameera
  13. Praveen Jayawickrema
  14. Lahiru Madushanka
  15. Maheesh Theekshana

Reserves

  1. Lahiru Kumara
  2. Binura Fernando
  3. Akila Dananjaya
  4. Pulina Tharanga
Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga. (Getty Images)
Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga. (Getty Images)
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Wanindu Hasaranga And Dushmantha Chameera Won’t Play In IPL 2021 Playoffs If RCB Qualifies

Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera, Sri Lankan stars have received No Objection Certificates from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The duo will be available to play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second phase of IPL 2021 until October 10. The 2021 edition of the IPL will resume on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.

Royal Challengers Bangalore are one of the top contenders to win the league championship this year. However, RCB will have to play without their Sri Lankan stars if they qualify for the playoffs.

Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera will play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second phase of IPL 2021 (Image Source: Instagram)
Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera will play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second phase of IPL 2021. (Image Source: Instagram)

Wanindu Hasaranga And Dushmantha Chameera Won’t Play The Playoffs If RCB Qualifies

SLC has allowed Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera to be a part of the IPL only till October 10, the date on which Qualifier 1 is scheduled to happen. The two Sri Lankan players will leave RCB and join their national squad to play in the warm-up matches of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 after October 10.

“The ‘No Objection Certificate’ to the duo was issued for them to join the IPL teams starting from 15th September (following the completion of the South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka).

“The two players will join the Sri Lanka squad on 10th October 2021 to play in the two warm-up games prior to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers,” an official statement from SLC read.

Wanindu Hasaranga Celebrates A Wicket in 1st T20I @SLC
Wanindu Hasaranga Celebrates A Wicket in 1st T20I @SLC

The 24-year-old Wanindu Hasaranga was impressive in the three-match T20I series against India, taking seven wickets at an economy rate of 5.58, while 29-year-old Dushmantha Chameera was the second-highest wicket-taker in the series with four wickets at an economy rate of 5.25. Other replacements for RCB are Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson, and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Wanindu Hasaranga And Dushmantha Chameera Hasn’t Played Even A Game In IPL Before And May Debut In IPL 2021

Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera could make their IPL debuts this year. While Wanindu Hasaranga received his first-ever IPL contract from RCB this year, Dushmantha Chameera was part of the Rajasthan Royals team in IPL 2018.

Dushmantha Chameera
Dushmantha Chameera. (Photo Source: Twitter)

However, the Sri Lankan fast bowler did not get a single game. It will be interesting to see how the two Sri Lankan cricketers perform for the Virat Kohli-led outfit in IPL 2021.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals has brought in New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England’s Jofra Archer. The No.1 T20I bowler Tabraiz Shamsi has also joined the Royals as Andrew Tye’s replacement. On the other hand, Punjab Kings have roped in Nathan Ellis and Adil Rashid for the remainder of IPL 2021 while New Zealand veteran Tim Southee joined Kolkata Knight Riders.

As of 31 December 2018, the top nine ranked ICC Full Members, alongside hosts India, qualified directly for the 2021 tournament. Of those ten teams, the top eight ranked sides qualified for the Super 12s stage of the tournament. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh did not qualify for the Super 12s, instead of being placed in the group stage of the competition

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga
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Sri Lanka Cricket Gives Permission To Dushmantha Chameera And Wanindu Hasaranga To Play IPL 2021

Sri Lanka Cricket announced that permission has been granted to Sri Lankan cricketers Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga to take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The permission for the players was granted by the SLC in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee.

The ‘No Objection Certificate’ to the duo was issued for them to join the IPL teams starting from 15th September (following the completion of the South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka). The two players will join the Sri Lanka squad on 10th October 2021 to play in the two warm-up games prior to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers.

Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga.(Getty Images)
Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga.(Getty Images)

Sri Lanka Cricket Allows Wanindu Hasaranga And Dushmantha Chameera To Play In The IPL 2021

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have roped in Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera as replacements for Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams respectively for the 14th edition of IPL.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that permission has been granted to National Players Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga to take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The permission for the players was granted by the SLC in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee,” the release issued by Sri Lanka Cricket said.

Sri Lanka Cricket(Photo credit: SLC Twitter)
Sri Lanka Cricket(Photo credit: SLC Twitter)

“The ‘No Objection Certificate’ to the duo was issued for them to join the IPL teams starting from 15th September (following the completion of the South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka). The two players will join the Sri Lanka squad on 10th October 2021 to play in the two warm-up games prior to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers,” Sri Lanka Cricket added.

The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. The action will shift to Abu Dhabi where Kolkata Knight Riders will square off against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, George Garton, And Tim David Are RCB’s Replacements For IPL 2021

The Virat Kohli-led side has roped in Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as a replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Wanindu Hasaranga bagged a total of 7 wickets, including a 4-wicket haul in the final T20I during the recent limited-overs series against India. Other replacements for RCB are Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson, and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi. Image Credits: Twitter

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals has brought in New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England’s Jofra Archer. The No.1 T20I bowler Tabraiz Shamsi has also joined the Royals as Andrew Tye’s replacement. On the other hand, Punjab Kings have roped in Nathan Ellis and Adil Rashid for the remainder of IPL 2021 while New Zealand veteran Tim Southee joined Kolkata Knight Riders.

IPL 2021 Player replacements – 

Injured / Replaced Player Team Replacement Player
Adam Zampa RCB Wanindu Hasaranga
Daniel Sams RCB Dushmantha Chameera
Kane Richardson RCB George Garton
Finn Allen RCB Tim David
Jofra Archer RR Glenn Phillips
Andrew Tye RR Tabraiz Shamsi
Riley Meredith PBKS Nathan Ellis
Jhye Richardson PBKS Adil Rashid
Pat Cummins KKR Tim Southee
Punjab Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
Punjab Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Punjab Kings Signed Leg Spinner Adil Rashid As A Replacement Player For IPL 2021 UAE Leg

Punjab Kings have signed Adil Rashid as a replacement player for the UAE leg of IPL 2021. The 33-year-old England leg-spinner, the joint-highest wicket-taker at The Hundred, replaces Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson, who along with compatriot Riley Meredith, has withdrawn from the second half of the tournament.

Adil Rashid is yet to feature in IPL.
Adil Rashid is yet to feature in IPL. © Getty

Punjab Kings Acquired Nathan Ellis And Adil Rashid As The Replacement Players

Punjab Kings management had already confirmed the signing of Nathan Ellis as one of the replacement players and the acquisition of Adil Rashid balances their quota of eight overseas players.

Nathan Ellis, the Australian pacer is having a dream year. He got to make his T20I debut against Bangladesh recently and made it memorable by picking a hat-trick. Apart from that, he was also named as a reserve player in the squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Now, the year 2021 has got even bigger for him as Punjab Kings has picked him for the UAE leg which is set to resume on September 19.

Adil Rashid, who hasn’t played in the IPL before, is currently ranked fourth in ICC’s list of T20I bowlers and has taken 232 wickets from 201 T20 matches at an economy of 7.43. He is one of three Englishmen in the Punjab Kings setup, alongside Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan. He will also be one of three leg-spinning options for KL Rahul alongside the Indian pair of Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin.

Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis has signed for an IPL franchise for the 2021 season | Courtesy: @HurricanesBBL | Photo Credit: Twitter
Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis has signed for an IPL franchise for the 2021 season | Courtesy: @HurricanesBBL | Photo Credit: Twitter

Punjab Kings are placed sixth in the standings and will begin their UAE leg with a clash against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai on September 21.

Adil Rashid Will Join Punjab Kings Squad On September 8 In Dubai

It is understood that Adil Rashid will join the Punjab Kings on September 8 in Dubai and will be available for the entire second chunk of the tournament. The Punjab Kings will land in Dubai on August 29 and undergo the mandatory six-day hotel quarantine before starting their training.
Adil Rashid, who had a base price of INR 1.5 crore (US$ 200,000 approx.), went unsold in the IPL auction held earlier this year. A regular in England’s limited-overs set-up, he has picked up 65 wickets in 62 T20Is at an average of 24.29. In the series against Pakistan in July, Adil Rashid picked up six wickets in two T20Is at a cost of 65 runs in his eight overs.
Punjab Kings rope in Adil Rashid. (Image Credit: PBKS Twitter)
Punjab Kings’ rope in Adil Rashid. (Image Credit: PBKS Twitter)
At the time of this update, Adil Rashid is ranked fourth in the ICC table for T20I bowlers, behind South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi, who recently signed with the Rajasthan Royals, Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga, now a Royal Challengers Bangalore replacement player, and Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan stalwart who has been a star for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Punjab Kings already have legspinners Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi and finger spinning options in Jalaj Saxena, Saurabh Kumar, and Harpreet Brar, but Adil Rashid, apart from being much more experienced than the others, could be a smart pick in place of a quick because of the large grounds in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Tim David (Image Source: timdavid8- Instagram)
Tim David (Image Source: timdavid8- Instagram)
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Royal Challengers Bangalore Strengthened Middle-Order With An Addition Of Tim David

Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach named the team’s power player ahead of the resumption of IPL 2021 in UAE. RCB has signed three players ahead of the UAE leg.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) boast one of the most formidable batting line-ups in the Indian Premier League (IPL). While they have skipper Virat Kohli and the talented Devdutt Padikkal on top, the presence of Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers in the middle-order makes RCB a daunting opposition to face for any bowling line-up.

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Image Credit: Twitter)

Royal Challengers Bangalore Decided To Strengthen Middle Order With Finn Allen Leaving: Mike Hesson

Both AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell are known for their attacking style of batting and possess the ability to single-handedly destroy the best of bowling attacks on their day. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s middle-order has been strengthened further ahead of the resumption of IPL 2021 in UAE with the addition of batsman Tim David.

RCB head coach Mike Hesson believes Tim David is a power player and can be a direct replacement for the likes of AB de Villiers and Maxwell in the squad when required. Australian batsman Tim David, who plays for Singapore, has so far scored 558 runs in 15 T20Is at an impressive strike rate of 158.42. He also has 1186 runs to his name in 50 T20 matches at 155.84 including six half-centuries.

Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Tim David
Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, and Tim David. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

“With Finn Allen leaving, we have decided to strengthen our middle-order possibilities, in terms of options, so Tim David has joined our squad. He is currently part of the Southern Brave [at the Hundred], he has been performing for Surrey and also Hobart Hurricanes in recent times – a power player. He could become a direct swap for either [Glenn] Maxwell or AB de Villiers if required, also gives us other options throughout the order,” said Hesson.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has roped in three players ahead of the start of the second leg of IPL 2021 in UAE. They signed Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga as a replacement for Adam Zampa while Dushmantha Chameera and Tim David will replace Daniel Sams and Finn Allen respectively.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Won 5 Of Their First 7 Games In IPL 2021

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made a brilliant start to the new season as they won five out of their first seven matches in the first phase of the tournament in India earlier this year. The Virat Kohli-led side will be looking to secure a few more wins and book a spot in the top four for the second straight season in the UAE this year. With the additions of the new players, RCB has become one of the favourites for the title this year.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Finn Allen is part of the T20I and ODI squads for the tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan. While the Bangladesh tour concludes well before the IPL resumes, the Pakistan tour clashes directly with the cash-rich league. RCB will resume their IPL 2021 campaign in the UAE on September 20 with the game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). RCB has won 5 games out of their first 7 matches losing only to Punjab and Chennai.

RCB won against Mumbai Indians (2 wickets), Sunrisers Hyderabad (6 runs),  Kolkata Knight Riders (38 runs), Rajasthan Royals (10 wickets), Delhi Capitals (1 run), and lost to Chennai Super Kings (69 runs) and Punjab Kings (34 runs) before IPL 2021 was suspended.

The second phase of the 14th edition of IPL will feature a Singapore cricketer for the first time as Royal Challengers Bangalore have roped in freelance T20 sensation Tim David, who has made a name for himself across leagues in the world.  While he is of Australian descent, the 6 feet 5 inches tall Tim David currently plays international cricket for Singapore and he brings with him a novelty factor in Virat Kohli’s team.

Since ICC has accorded T20 International status to all its 106 member nations, Tim David has played 14 T20 Internationals with 558 runs in his kitty at a strike rate of 158 plus. Overall, he has played 49 T20 games, factoring in his appearances in the BBL and PSL with a tally of 1171 runs at a strike rate of 155 plus.

Royal Challengers Bangalore. Image Credits: Twitter
Royal Challengers Bangalore. Image Credits: Twitter
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RCB Signed Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, And Tim David For IPL 2021 Replacements

RCB has signed the Sri Lanka duo of Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera for the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The franchise has also signed Singapore batsman Tim David who keeps impressing in the other global T20 leagues with his hitting prowess. The shuffle in the RCB squad comes after Australia players Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, and Daniel Sams have decided not to travel for the IPL.

Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Tim David
Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, and Tim David. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Royal Challengers Bangalore Picks The Sri Lankan Duo Of Wanindu Hasaranga And Dushmantha Chameera As Replacement Players

The IPL contract is the reward for both Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera for their impressive performances at the international level. Even as Sri Lanka lost all the games in England, the two players were on top of their game and the same continued when they hosted India for three ODIs and as many T20Is in July.

RCB- Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB- Royal Challengers Bangalore (Image Credit: Twitter)

Wanindu Hasaranga was brilliant in the T20I series against India picking eight wickets and also played an important role with the bat in the last two matches to help Sri Lanka clinch the series. Dushmantha Chameera, on the other hand, didn’t have expected numbers to show but he made the ball talk all the time and impressed the India head coach on the tour Rahul Dravid with his bowling.

Wanindu Hasaranga, the legspinner, and lower-order hitter was impressive in India’s series against Sri Lanka picking up 7 wickets from 3 matches to be Man of the Series.

Tim David Is A T20 Specialist Representing Singapore

Meanwhile, Tim David is the specialist when it comes to T20 cricket. In 49 matches, he has scored 1171 runs at a brilliant strike rate of 155. He has played 14 T20I games for Singapore and scored 558 runs averaging 46.5.

The reason why RCB had to pick the duo of Dushmantha Chameera and Tim David in the line-up was the unavailability of the New Zealand players Finn Allen and Scott Kuggeleijn. Finn Allen is part of the T20I and ODI squads for the tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan. While the Bangladesh tour concludes well before the IPL resumes, the Pakistan tour clashes directly with the cash-rich league.

Finn Allen Twitter
Finn Allen Twitter

Scott Kuggeleijn, meanwhile, is only part of the T20 squad on both tours and will also miss the IPL for the same reason. RCB will resume their IPL 2021 campaign in the UAE on September 20 with the game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). RCB has won 5 games out of their first 7 matches losing only to Punjab and Chennai.

RCB won against Mumbai Indians (2 wickets), Sunrisers Hyderabad (6 runs),  Kolkata Knight Riders (38 runs), Rajasthan Royals (10 wickets), Delhi Capitals (1 run), and lost to Chennai Super Kings (69 runs) and Punjab Kings (34 runs) before IPL 2021 was suspended.

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Sri Lanka Cricket Revealed 18 Cricketers Have Signed The Contracts

Sri Lanka Cricket has recently announced that 18 cricketers have signed the National Player Contracts, which came into effect from August 1 this year.

The likes of Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Dushmantha Chameera are among the players who have signed the contracts. Veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews was not considered since he is currently unavailable for selection.

Angelo Mathews-FILE
Angelo Mathews-FILE

Sri Lanka Cricket Revealed 18 Cricketers Have Signed The National Players Contracts

Sri Lankan cricket found itself at the centre of a major controversy earlier this year after a number of players refused to sign new contracts, which offered performance-based incentives. The protesting cricketers had alleged that the SLC did not brief them properly over the new pay system and was trying to force them to sign the contracts. During the impasse, Sri Lankan players were offered tour contracts.

Sri Lanka Cricket Image credits: Twitter/@OfficialSLC
Sri Lanka Cricket Image credits: Twitter/@OfficialSLC

Through a media release on Friday, SLC revealed that the new contracts will be for a period of five months and will end on December 31, 2021.

The release read: “The players signed the contracts without any deviation from the contracts offered previously, which was formulated by Sri Lanka Cricket along with the Technical Advisory Committee.”

The board informed that the Sri Lanka cricketers were picked under four categories and were nominated by the selection panel based on a set of criteria – Performance, Fitness, Leadership/Seniority, Professionalism/Code of Conduct, and Future/Adaptability.

The SLC also clarified that there was complete transparency in the process. It stated that the criteria as well as the allocation of points to players were shared with the cricketers before they signed the contracts.

Isuru Udana, Angelo Matthews And Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, And Kusal Mendis Didn’t Sign The Contracts

Apart from Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, and Kusal Mendis are also without a contract. The three Sri Lankan cricketers are currently serving bans for breaching bio-bubble protocols during the tour of England. Isuru Udana too isn’t part of the contracted players as he recently announced his retirement from international cricket.

Isuru Udana made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2009.
Isuru Udana made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2009. © Getty

Sri Lanka cricket is going through a tough rebuilding phase at the moment. They lost both the ODI and the T20I series in England. There was some respite for the Lankans as they defeated a weak Indian team 2-1 at home in a recent T20I series with several Indian cricketers ruled out for being affected by covid-19 and deemed closed contacts. Sri Lanka will next host South Africa for three ODIs and three T20Is in September ahead of the T20I World Cup in the UAE and Oman.

Players given national contracts: Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Embuldeniya, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Ashen Bandara and Akila Dananjaya.

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South Africa Will Be Without 3 Key Players In ODIs In Sri Lanka, But The Trio May Return In T20Is

South Africa will be without a number of key players for their three one-day internationals in Sri Lanka next month but expect their big guns to return for the Twenty20 series that follows as they build towards the upcoming T20I World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

South Africa plays three ODIs in Colombo from Sept. 2-7 but will be without leading batsman Quinton de Kock (rested), powerful middle-order hitter David Miller (hamstring injury), and seamer Lungi Ngidi (personal reasons).

South Africa Cricket Team
South Africa Cricket Team (Photo by Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Images via Getty Images)

South Africa Plays 3 ODIs And As Many T20Is Against Sri Lanka

All-rounder Dwaine Pretorius will return to the squads for both series after an injury lay-off that saw him miss successful tours to West Indies and Ireland in recent months. The missing trio has been included in the expanded 19-man squad for the T20 matches, which will also be staged in Colombo from Sept. 10-14, a month before the World Cup starts.

David Miller (L), Quinton de Kock (C) and Lungi Ngidi. Credit: DH, AFP, Reuters File Photos
David Miller (L), Quinton de Kock (C), and Lungi Ngidi. Credit: DH, AFP, Reuters File Photo.
The takeaways from the squad announcement of Proteas are, Dwaine Pretorius has returned to both the squads. Junior Dala has been included in the ODI squad and ace batter and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has been rested from the ODIs. Pacer Lungi Ngidi will miss out on the ODIs due to personal reasons while David Miller’s injury is being monitored regularly.

South Africa won their T20 series against world champions West Indies and Ireland, and will once again be captained by Temba Bavuma in both formats.

Sri Lanka Will Be Confident After Their Show Against India In The T20Is

South Africa will fight against Sri Lanka who will be instilled with great confidence after recently defeating India in the T20Is. Sri Lanka recently played three ODIs and as many T20Is against India wherein the ODI series was won by India but hosts took away the T20Is.

Wanindu Hasaranga Celebrates A Wicket in 1st T20I @SLC
Wanindu Hasaranga Celebrates A Wicket in 1st T20I @SLC

After COVID-19 havoc broke in India’s camp, India played with their depleted side and completed the series. Under the guidance of Rahul Dravid, many youngsters got the chance to showcase their skills. Talking about South Africa, they played last against West Indies and won the two-match Test series as 2-0 and the five-match T20I series as 3-2.

Wanindu Hasaranga, the No.2 ranked T20I bowler in the world, bamboozled the Indian batsmen in the recently-concluded limited-overs series, picking up 10 wickets from five matches, including a match-winning 4/9 in the deciding T20I, which Sri Lanka won to clinch the series.

ODI squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams.

T20 squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lzaad Williams.

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