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Umran Malik to replace Natarajan in SRH squad


Published : 24 Sep 2021 08:28 PM | Updated : 25 Sep 2021 12:57 AM

Umran Malik, the right-arm pacer from Jammu & Kashmir, has joined Sunrisers Hyderabad as replacement for T Natarajan.

Natarajan has tested positive for COVID-19 and the franchise was also forced to put six members in isolation which includes Vijay Shankar. 

"Under the Regulation 6.1 (c), franchises 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," the IPL media release stated. Malik has featured in one T20 and one List A match so far. In his only T20, he bagged three wickets against Railways in January earlier this year. 

The replacement also comes after Sherfane Rutherford, who was picked as replacement for Jonny Bairstow, returned home following the death of his father.