According to the latest reports, the J&K fast bowler, Umran Mailk has joined the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for a short period of time as the replacement of their pacer, T Natarajan. A few days back, Natajrajn was tested positive for Covid-19 and he along with the people who came in contact with him isolated by the franchise.
In a statement regarding the same, the Indian Premier League (IPL) said, Sunrisers Hyderabad have brought in medium-pacer Umran Malik as a short-term COVID-19 replacement for T Natarajan for their VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign. Natarajan had tested positive for COVID-19 before the team’s fixture against Delhi Capitals on September 22nd. Malik has played one T20 and List A match for Jammu Kashmir and has picked a total of four wickets.”
They further added, “He is already part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad as a net bowler. Under Regulation 6.1 (c), franchisees are allowed to sign a short-term replacement player until the original squad member is permitted to re-enter the team’s bio-secure environment. Hence, Malik will only be a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad side until Natarajan recovers and is allowed to join the team.”
🚨 NEWS 🚨: Umran Malik joins Sunrisers Hyderabad as short-term COVID-19 replacement for T Natarajan. #VIVOIPL
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) September 24, 2021
T Natarajan has been isolated from the rest of the squad, however, he has not shown any symptoms of the virus so far.
The medical team has identified six people from the SRH contingent who came in contact with T Natarajan and they all are isolated from the other member of the squad. The members who came in contact are, Vijay Shankar, Team Manager – Vijay Kumar, Physiotherapist – Shyam Sundar J, Doctor – Anjana Vannan, Logistics Manager – Tushar Khedkar, and Net Bowler – Periyasamy Ganesan.
Kane Williamson’s team is languishing at the bottom of the table with 7 losses in 8 matches, and practically their chances of qualifying for teh playoff seems zero. SRH next meet Punjab Kings in Sharjah on Saturday.