J&K Pacer Umran Malik Named In SRH’s IPL Squad

DUBAI: Uncapped medium pacer from Jammu & Kashmir, Umran Malik was on Friday named as a short-term COVID-19 replacement for T Natarajan in the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad for the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Natarajan had tested positive for COVID-19 before the team’s fixture against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday.

"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," an IPL release stated.

The 21-year-old Malik has played one T20 and List A match for Jammu Kashmir and has picked a total of four wickets. He is already part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad as a net bowler.

"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 release added.

The left-arm pacer is currently under isolation for 10 days and will have to test negative twice before being allowed back into the bubble. The 30-year-old Natarajan has 20 IPL wickets from 24 matches.

Umran’s one T20 game was against Railways in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy earlier this year. He managed to pick up 3 for 24 from four overs in a match that ended as a seven-wicket defeat for J&K.

His other appearance was against Bengal in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Umran conceded 98 runs from 10 overs, and took 1 wicket. J&K lost the match by 82 runs.

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