Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Monday confirmed that Afghanistan players, spinner Rashid Khan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, have joined the SRH squad in the UAE ahead of the IPL 2021 opener and are currently undergoing a mandatory quarantine period.
“They are very much in UAE and undergoing quarantine. They are not just professionals, they are family and the team will take complete care of them not just during the tournament but at all times. The management will ensure they are in the best frame of mind and perform to the best of their ability,” a source in the SRH team management confirmed about the two Afghanistan players to the news agency ANI.
Earlier, Rashid Khan stepped down from the role of the skipper of the Afghanistan Cricket Team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, minutes after the country named their squad on Thursday for the marquee event set to take place in the UAE and Oman. He claimed that the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) selection committee had named him the team captain without his “consent”. Mohammad Nabi was later appointed as the Afghanistan captain after skipper Rashid Khan stepped down from the role.
Meanwhile, the IPL-contracted players are gradually arriving in the UAE after completing their respective national and league assignments. They are supposed to undergo a quarantine period of six days upon arrival along with taking three Covid-19 tests before joining their respective squads in the bio-bubble.
“The players coming in from the bubbles in CPL and from the SA-SL series will undergo two days of isolation. They will come in and go into their rooms on the first day, they will then get tested the next day and once the results come in, they will join the squad members in the bubble,” the source said.