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Mumbai cricketer Shams Mulani joins Delhi Capitals

Shams Mulani has been a regular member of the Mumbai cricket team
Shams Mulani has been a regular member of the Mumbai cricket team

Mumbai cricketer Shams Mulani on Thursday got a big break in his career when he was signed by Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 cricket team Delhi Capitals in place of spin bowling all-rounder Akshar Patel as a short-term replacement. Patel is currently in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus and as per IPL’s player regulations, a franchisee is allowed to sign a short-term replacement for a cricketer only till the time he recovers and is “permitted to enter the team bio secure environment once again”.

At the same time, Delhi Capitals and also roped in Aniruddha Joshi as a replacement for the regular captain Shreyas Iyer, who was ruled out of IPL 2014 tournament owing to a shoulder injury which he suffered during the three match one-day international series played before the T20 cricket tournament. 

A statement released by IPL said,

“Delhi Capitals have brought in Shams Mulani as a short-term COVID-19 replacement for Akshar Patel for their VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign. Akshar had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus during his mandatory quarantine ahead of the season and was subsequently taken to BCCI’s medical facility for isolation and treatment.”

“Delhi Capitals have also signed Aniruddha Joshi as a replacement for the injured Shreyas Iyer for the remainder of the IPL 2021. Iyer was ruled out of the tournament after sustaining an injury during the recent India-England One-Day International (ODI) series,”

it added.

“Mulani comes in as a replacement under IPL’s Player Regulations. Under the Regulation 6.1 (c), franchises are allowed to sign a short-term replacement player until the original squad member is permitted to re-enter the team’s bio-secure environment. Hence, Mulani will only be a part of the Delhi Capitals side until Axar recovers and is allowed to join the team,”

the release added.

Mulani has been of the permanent members of the Mumbai cricket team across formats having played 10 first-class matches, 30 List A matches and 25 T20 games for the Indian domestic giants.