Moahammad Nabi and Rashid Khan
Moahammad Nabi and Rashid Khan. Credits: SRH Twitter

IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad have confirmed the availability of Afghanistan players Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan in the second phase of IPL 2021.

In the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan where the country was taken over by the Taliban after their president Ashraf Ghani fled away to Tajikistan. There is a lot of chaos at the Kabul airport as frantic Afghans searched for their way out of the nation.

SRH confirms Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi’s availability in IPL 2021

But amid the tense situations, Sunrisers Hyderabad CEO K. Shanmugam said the Afghanistan duo of Rashid and Nabi would be available for the rescheduled IPL in the United Arab Emirates next month.

Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi
Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi playing for Afghanistan. Credits: Twitter

“We haven’t spoken on what is happening at present, but they are available for the tournament,” Shanmugam told news agency ANI. 

Kevin Pietersen said Rashid Khan is worried about the situation in Afghanistan

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen said Rashid is worried about the situation happening back in his country and for him to perform in such a tough time will be challenging. Rashid is currently playing for Trent Rockets in the ongoing tournament of England and Wales Cricket’s (ECB) ‘The Hundred’.

“There’s a lot of things that are happening at home. We had a long chat here on the boundary talking about it and he’s worried: he can’t get his family out of Afghanistan and there’s a lot of things happening for him,” Pietersen said on Sky Sports.

Rashid Khan, Afghanistan Bowler
Rashid Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

“For him to turn up and put on a performance like this under the pressure that he is currently under… for him to be able to forget that stuff and navigate his story and continue the momentum that he has – I think that’s probably one of the most heart-warming stories of this Hundred so far,” Pietersen added.

The IPL was immediately suspended in May owing to the rising COVID-19 cases in India with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rescheduling the tournament in the September-October window in UAE.

Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently at the bottom of the points table having just won their solitary game against Punjab Kings which led them to replace David Warner with Kane Williamson as team’s captain.

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