Millennium Post (Kolkata)

With Axar yet to recover, Mulani becomes first COVID-19 back-up


MUMBAI: Delhi Capitals on Thursday roped in young Mumbai left-arm spinner Shams Mulani as IPL's first short term COVID-19 replacemen­t as he was brought in for Axar patel, who is yet to recover from the dreaded virus and is still in a medical care facility.

DC also has substitute­d injured captain Shreyas Iyer with Karnataka off-spinner Aniruddha Joshi.

However, the media release issued by the IPL doesn't have any details about paceman Anrich Nortje's RT-PCR result, which is believed to be positive.

"Delhi Capitals have brought in Shams Mulani as a short-term COVID-19 replacemen­t for Axar Patel for their IPL-2021 campaign," the release stated.

"Axar had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus during his mandatory quarantine ahead of the season and was subsequent­ly taken to BCCI's medical facility for isolation and treatment," it further stated.

Axar tested positive for COVID-19 on April 3 and was transferre­d to BCCI's designated medical facility after it was learnt that he showed mild symptoms. It's already 12 days since then and it is understood that the India internatio­nal will not be available for match duty any time soon which led to Mulani being inducted.

Mulani is a left-handed lower middle-order batsman and a slow left-arm orthodox bowler. The 24-year-old has an economy rate of 6.92 in 25 T20 games and a highest score of 73.

He will not be permitted to represent another IPL franchise this season once he leaves the Delhi Capitals. Under IPL's Player Regulation­s. 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.

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