Andrew Tye pulls out of IPL 2021, Rajasthan Royals announce Tabraiz Shamsi as replacement
IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals announced the signing of South Africa's Tabraiz Shamsi as the replacement of Australia fast bowler Andrew Tye for the remainder of IPL 2021. The world no. 1 ranked T20I bowler will be joining the Royals squad for the remainder of IPL 2021 to be held in the UAE from 19th September 2021. Tye pulled out of the tournament as he wanted to spend more time with his family after a hectic season.
"It is with great regret that I have to pull out of the remainder of the IPL 2021 with the Rajasthan Royals. It has been a long year for me which has kept me away from home for a lengthy period, and the disappointment of not making it to the World Cup squad has added to the dismay.
"Therefore, keeping my best interests in mind, I had to make this tough decision of staying at home and preparing myself mentally and physically for next year's T20 World Cup. I am gutted that I won't be able to rejoin the Royals family this year, but like all the fans out there, I will be cheering the team on", said Tye, who had flown back home when the season had kickstarted earlier this year in India.
Tye joined England's Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer who are set miss this IPL due to different reasons. There is no word yet on Ben Stokes' availability too but the Royals would be hoping, the England all-rounder confirms his participation soon.
31-year-old Shamsi represents The Titans in South Africa's domestic cricket, and made his international debut for South Africa during a bilateral T20I series against England in 2017. The left-arm leg spinner has since picked up 45 wickets in 39 T20Is, along with 32 wickets in 27 ODIs for his nation. In the IPL, Shamsi has played 4 matches in which he picked up 3 wickets for Royals Challengers Bangalore, who had recruited him as a replacement player during the 2016 season.