Umran Malik has been added to the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad as a short-term replacement for T Natarajan. Image Credit: Twitter / Sunrisers Hyderabad

Dubai: Sunrisers Hyderabad have brought in medium pacer Umran Malik as a short-term COVID-19 replacement for T Natarajan for their VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign.

Natarajan had tested positive for COVID-19 before the team’s fixture against Delhi Capitals on September 22nd.

Malik has played one T20 and List A match for Jammu Kashmir and has picked a total of four wickets. He is already part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad as a net bowler.

Short-term replacement

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, Malik will only be a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad side until Natarajan recovers and is allowed to join the team.