Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday picked South African left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for the rest of the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League to be held in the United Arab Emirates from September 19.
Shamsi is currently the world’s No.1 T20 bowler in the ICC rankings. He will join the Royals for the rest of the IPL as a replacement for Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye.
The 31-year-old made his international debut for South Africa in the 2017 Twenty20 series against England. The left-arm spinner has taken 45 wickets in 39 T20s and 32 wickets in 27 ODIs for South Africa since then. In the IPL, Shamsi played four matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore where he took 3 wickets as a substitute in the 2016 season.
The Rajasthan Royals shared the news on Twitter on Wednesday about their new sign. Tabraiz Shamsi, who recently appeared in the inaugural edition of The Hundred, will now join his national teammates for the upcoming bilateral series against Sri Lanka. The spinner is likely to join the Rajasthan Royals soon after the Sri Lanka series.
Meanwhile, Australian pacer Andrew Tye has announced that he will not play the rest of the 2021 IPL season. Tye is coming out of the tournament because she wants to spend time with her family. He doesn’t want to enter into the bio-bubble again.
|“It is with great regret that I have to pull out of the remainder of the IPL 2021 with the Rajasthan Royals,” Tye said in a statement issued by the franchise.
“It has been a long year for me which has kept me away from home for a lengthy period, and the disappointment of not making it to the World Cup squad has added to the dismay.”
“Therefore, keeping my best interests in mind, I had to make this tough decision of staying at home and preparing myself mentally and physically for next year’s T20 World Cup.”
“I confirmed that I won’t be able to rejoin the Royals family this year, but like all the fans out there, I will be cheering the team on.” Tye further added.
So along with Tye, the team will also miss England’s Jos Butler and Jofra Archer. But Franchise has signed New Zealand batsman Glenn Phillips to replace Butler. Meanwhile, there is uncertainty over Ben Stokes‘ participation in the rest of the IPL, as he has taken an indefinite break from cricket due to mental illness.