Sunrisers Hyderabad team mentor VVS Laxman has confirmed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not decided upon the venue for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which is slated to roll out in April.
“There’s no clarity as of now (about the venue of the IPL). The BCCI will weigh various options, and [do] whatever is best for the tournament. We know it’s a high-profile tournament and there are various stakeholders who play a very important part in the tournament. Credit to BCCI the way they conducted the tournament in the UAE following all the protocols given the pandemic,” VVS Laxman said.
In the IPL 2021 auction held in Chennai on Thursday, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought three players to complete their 25-player squad. They roped in allrounder Kedar Jadhav at his base price of INR 2 crores. Jadav was released by the Chennai Super Kings ahead of the auction.
Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman also found his place in the Hyderabad team as he was bought for ₹1.5 crores. Hyderabad completed its purchase with J Suchith, whom they bagged for INR 30 lakhs.
Laxman believes that a 25-player squad would be capable enough to adapt to every kind of playing conditions no matter which venue the board decides upon.
“The reason we have a squad of 25 is that we choose a squad which can perform in various conditions. Even if the tournament happens in India you get different conditions in different parts of the country. If you go to Chennai then you get a turner, in Mumbai of Bangalore, you get a belter for the batsmen and graveyard for the bowlers. So there’s a reason why we have a squad of 25. It’s not going to play a major role,” Laxman added.
Sunrisers Hyderabad complete squad: David Warner (c), Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb ur Rahman, J Suchith