Delhi Capitals have named Mumbai’s spin-bowling all-rounder Shams Mulani as a “short-term” replacement for Axar Patel, who has tested positive for Covid-19 during the pre-season quarantine.
The move comes under the IPL’s Player Regulation 6.1 (c), which states that a franchisee is allowed to name a short-term replacement player until the original squad member recovers and is permitted to enter the bio-bubble.
So, Shams Mulani, a hard-hitting batsman and a decent left-arm orthodox will be a part of the Delhi Capitals set-up until Axar Patel becomes eligible to enter the bubble again.
The law also states that Shams Mulani will not be permitted to represent the other franchises this season even after leaving the Delhi Capitals squad.
In what is a long-term move, Delhi Capitals has named Karantaka’s middle-order batsman Aniruddha Joshi as a replacement for their regular skipper Shreyas Iyer, who has been ruled out of the entire season due to shoulder injury.
While for Shams Mulani, who has represented Mumbai in 10 First-Class, 30 List-A and 25 T20s, this will be his first IPL experience, as for Aniruddha Joshi, this will be his third IPL franchise, having been part of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in the past.