Shams Mulani named short-term Covid-19 replacement for Axar Patel

IPL 2021

Axar has been sidelined with Covid-19.

Axar has been sidelined with Covid-19. © BCCI/IPL

Delhi Capitals have drafted in Mumbai all-rounder Shams Mulani as a short-term COVID-19 replacement for Axar Patel, who had tested positive for the virus during his pre-season quarantine.

The move comes under the IPL’s Player Regulation 6.1(c), wherein a franchise is allowed to sign a short-term replacement player until the original squad member recovers and is permitted to enter the bio-bubble, which means that Mulani would be a part of the Capitals’ squad until Axar recovers to join them back. What the law also states is that Mulani would not be permitted to represent another IPL franchise this season even after leaving the squad.

In what’s a more long-term replacement, DC have also signed Karnataka’s right-handed middle-order batsman, Aniruddha Joshi as a replacement for their original skipper, Shreyas Iyer, who was ruled out of the tournament after sustaining an injury during the first ODI of the recently concluded India-England series.

Mulani, 24, a left-arm orthodox spinner and a hard-hitting left-handed batsman is a like-for-like replacement for Axar’s role, and although he has been with the Mumbai domestic side for a few years now, representing them in 10 First-Class matches, 30 List A games and 25 T20s thus far, this would be his first stint with an IPL franchise.

For the 33-year-old Joshi though, this would be his third IPL franchise having been part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals in the past

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Updated: April 15, 2021 — 2:18 pm

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