Tabraiz Shamsi, the No. 1 T20 International (T20I) bowler, has been appointed as Andrew Tye’s replacement for the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which begins on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates. Shamsi had previously played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Between 2016 and 2018, the left-arm unorthodox bowler represented RCB in the IPL.
Tye withdrew from the event to spend time with his family after a gruelling season of bio-bubble after bio-bubble. Tye said in a statement, “It is with great regret that I must withdraw from the remainder of the IPL 2021 with the Rajasthan Royals.” “It’s been a tough year for me, with me being away from home for a long time and the disappointment of not making the World Cup squad compounding my disappointment.”
Other international players on the Royals’ roster are David Miller, Chris Morris, Liam Livingstone, and Mustafizur Rahman, in addition to Shamsi and Phillips. They had young South African fast Gerald Coetzee in the squad for the first half as a replacement for Livingstone, but Coetzee will no longer be with Royals as Livingstone is likely to be available for the second half. That leaves the Royals with six abroad players, with the possibility of seven if Stokes returns, and one more overseas position to fill.
Rajasthan Royals are presently in fifth place in the table, having won three of their seven matches, led by Sanju Samson in 2021. On September 21, they will play Punjab Kings (PBKS) in Dubai in their opening match of the second half of the IPL. They lost a close four-run game to PBKS earlier in the tournament.