Sunrisers Hyderabad, currently sitting at the bottom of the points table, will play their first match in the UAE against league-leaders Delhi Capitals on September 22.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is currently at the bottom of the points table.
There are only a few days left for the start of the second part of IPL 2021 and the preparations of all the teams are going on in full swing. Some players are still in quarantine, but they will also be part of the team before the tournament resumes and will be ready for matches after training. But Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) is caught in a different kind of trouble. The team’s young Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman has not been able to join the team in the UAE yet. The situation created by the turmoil in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover has led to a situation of uncertainty and its impact on Mujeeb’s participation in the IPL.
News agency ANI According to a report, as of now there is no clear situation as to when Mujeeb will be able to join his franchise. Mujeeb has not yet received a visa to enter the country from the UAE government to participate in the tournament, due to which he has not been able to be a part of the team. However, star spinner Rashid Khan and veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi are in the UAE with the team and are currently undergoing a 6-day quarantine.
Officials engaged in resolving the issue of entry visa
The report quoted a source with knowledge of the matter as saying, “Work is still on on this and at present the date of joining of Mujeeb with his franchise is not fixed. Efforts are on regarding his entry visa and will get some update on this soon.” SRH had bought Mujeeb in the auction held earlier this year itself. Sunrisers’ first match in the UAE side of the tournament will be against Delhi Capitals in Dubai on 22 September. Mujeeb played only one match in this season, in which he got two wickets.
A big change in the team
Before this, like other teams of the tournament, Sunrisers will also have to land in the UAE this time without one of their key players. The team’s English opener Jonny Bairstow withdrew his name from the tournament. Bairstow was constantly playing the responsibility of opening for the team. To fill Bairstow’s place, Sunrisers have signed West Indies’ aggressive batsman Sherfane Rutherford, who is making a splash in the Caribbean Premier League.
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