The 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was stopped halfway in May this year due to fears of COVID-19 in the biobubble. It resumes on September 19 in Dubai with a clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI).
The players from England and India would have been supposed to fly together from Manchester to the UAE in a bubble after bubble transfer, but the threat of COVID-19 cases in the visitors’ camp forced IPL teams to make their own arrangements.
The fifth and final test between England and India has been postponed indefinitely after Indian physiotherapy Yogesh Parmar tested positive for the new coronavirus before the game in Manchester.
Sherfane Rutherford replaces Jonny Bairstow in the SRH group:
West Indies Sherfane Rutherford will replace England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow in the remainder of the IPL 2021, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Announced Saturday.
‘The explosive Caribbean Islands are now a #Riser! Sherfane Rutherford will replace Jonny Bairstow in our team for the second phase of # IPL2021 #OrangeArmy #OrangeOrNothing, ” tweeted SRH.
Bairstow pulled with the UAE leg of IPL 2021 Punjab Kings (PBKS) batsman David Malan and Delhi Capital (DC) omnivore Chris Woakes for personal reasons.
Speaking of Rutherford, the 23-year-old made 1102 runs in the T20 format at a strike rate of 138.26. He was part of the MI team that won the IPL in 2020 but did not get a chance to play a single game. The Guyane played seven games for MI in IPL 2019 and scored 73 runs at a strike rate of 135.18, while also getting a wicket.