Afghan Cricketers Train for Cricket League Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak Indian Premier League IPL

Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, all Afghan cricketers, have trained with the Sunrisers Hyderabad team ahead of their Indian Premier League match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Wednesday night (IPL). The match will begin at 5:30 p.m. local time in Afghanistan.

Soon after Sunrisers’s selection, Mujeeb joined his national teammates Rashid and Nabi in the IPL 2021 season.  Mujeeb was previously a member of the Kings XI Punjab team last season. Rashid has had six wickets at a great economy rate of 5.60 in five games this year. Subsequently, according to a study in The Times of India, CSK batsmen will be wary of Rashid’s hazard.

Afghan Cricketers Play Hard

Nabi and Mujeeb each took two wickets in one match for the Sunrisers. In the upcoming IPL matches, both players have a chance to shine for Sunrisers. Sunrisers have played five games so far, losing four and winning one.

The team currently sits at the bottom of the table with two points. Next, they will face CSK, who have won four of their last five games. In the time being, CSK is placed second, on the list.

Despite the presence of coronavirus, the Indian Premier League (IPL) will continue, according to its organisers. However, the New Indian Express and a sister publication, on the other hand, announced on Sunday that they had decided to stop covering the IPL.

According to a member of the IPL’s governing council, the league has “a robust bio-bubble”. Moreover, it is being played without fans, making it safe to proceed.

Cricket a Much Needed Distraction

“IPL offers a much-needed distraction from the doom and gloom that surrounds us,” Stated the IPL official, Requesting anonymity he continued to state; “Yes, cases have increased in venues like Delhi, but we have two backup venues in Hyderabad and Indore, and we’d use them if needed,”.

Furthermore, The Chennai-based New Indian Express said its decision to suspend coverage was “a small gesture towards keeping the nation’s attention focused on life and death issues.”

Similarly, Adam Gilchrist of Australia, who led now-defunct Deccan Chargers to their First IPL victory in 2009, also waded into the debate. Gilchrist stated “All the best to everyone in India. Covid’s figures are terrifying. The IPL is already going on. Is it unsuitable? Or are you looking for a good night’s sleep? Whatever your feelings are, our prayers are with you”. The former test player also took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with the situation.



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