An official statement in this regard was released by the IPL, which read: 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.
Umar Malik is a seamer coming from Jammu and Kashmir and has only featured in just one T20 and List A match for his state, in which he scalped four wickets. The 21-year-old all-rounder was already part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad as a net bowler.
Kane Williamson’s SRH are currently languishing at the bottom of the eight-team points table and have so far managed just one win from eight matches. In their previous encounter against Delhi Capitals, the team endured a crushing eight-wicket defeat.
Jonny Bairstow, one of premier batsmam from the SRH camp, pulled out from taking part in the second phase of IPL.