Andrew Tie withdrew for the rest of the season
World No. 1 T20 bowler Tabrez Shamsi will join Rajasthan Royals for the rest of IPL 2021. Shamsi is the second substitute signed by the Royals after Glenn Phillips.
The Royals will not have Joffra Archer and Joss Butler in the second round of this IPL. However, the availability of Ben Stokes is uncertain even after the all-rounder has retired from cricket due to mental illness. They will be without Andrew Tye, who was dropped for the rest of the season.
In addition to Shamsi and Phillips, other foreign players on the Royals’ list are David Miller, Chris Morris, Liam Livingstone, and Mustafizur Rahman. Livingstone was replaced by young South African fast bowler Gerald Coetzee in the first half, but Livingstone is expected to be available in the second half, Coetzee will no longer be with the Royals. That leaves the Royals with six foreign players, Stokes back is actually a potential seven, and one more foreign spot is still available to fill them.
This will be Shamsi’s second leg in the IPL. He played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2016 as a substitute and took three wickets in four matches at an economy rate of 9.18. Overall, Shamsi has played 163 T20s, taken 183 wickets at an average of 22.42, and has an economy rate of 7.18. He has taken seven wickets in six matches at the economy rate of 8.71 Oval Invincible in the recently concluded century. He will join the Royals squad for a strong wrist-spin squad, which includes Riyan Parag and legspinners Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, and Rahul Tewatia. He has the mysterious spin of KC Cariappa.
Despite being out of the tye, they have Indian fast bowling options including Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, and Kuldeep Yadav along with Morris and Mustafizur.
Tye said the reason for his return was a long absence from home and a lack of a place in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad.
In a statement issued from the franchise, Tye said, “It is with great regret that I have had to withdraw from the remaining matches of IPL 2021 with Rajasthan Royals. “It’s been a long year for me that has kept me away from home for so long and the frustration of not having a World Cup team has only added to the frustration. So, in my best interests, I had to make this difficult decision to stay home and prepare myself mentally and physically for next year’s T20 World Cup. I am sad that I will not be able to join the Royals family again this year, but like all fans, I will continue to rejoice for the team.
RCB from George Garton
The Royal Challengers have completed a set of foreign players who can beat a little under contract with Sussex left-arm pacer George Garten. Garten will replace Ken Richardson of Australia, who withdrew. This will be his first IPL season for the 24-year-old Garten.
Garten has played 38 T20s so far with an economy rate of 8.26 with 44 wickets at an average of 20.06. His batting average in the 124.66 strike rate format is 20.77. In The Hundred, playing for the Southern Braves, Garten took ten wickets at an average of 23 in nine matches at an economy rate of 8.90.
Sussex confirms that Garten will join the Royal Challengers after the appearance of the Sussex Sharks on Vitality Blast Final Day on 18 September. The first match of the Royal Challengers in the second half of the IPL will be against Kolkata Knight Riders on September 20.