IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals seek player loans to deal with withdrawals

As many as four overseas players from Rajasthan Royals have withdrawn or have been ruled out from the tournament.

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Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is taking place amidst a hint of uncertainty at the moment due to the rampant spread of the coronavirus in its second wave in India. As many as 3 lakh and more cases are being reported day by day in the country and there are a plethora of problems including the supply of oxygen which are prevalent. However, the BCCI has made it clear that the IPL will go on as per the original schedule.

Meanwhile, a lot of players have withdrawn from the tournament due to the uncertain nature of the current situation. The Rajasthan Royals (RR) franchise has been the worst affected as two of its overseas players in Liam Livingstone and Andrew Tye have withdrawn from the tournament. Adding it to the injuries to Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, RR have just four available overseas players.

Rajasthan Royals ask for loans from other franchises

Andrew Tye
Andrew Tye

According to the playing conditions of the IPL, teams are allowed to request for loans from other franchises for the rest of the season starting from April 26. According to reports, RR have requested a side ‘from the south’ for loan players.

“We have received a request from them a couple of days ago and we have not decided on it. The team management will take a call,” a CEO reportedly told Cricbuzz. “We will consider if we can loan them a player or two from our surpluses,” said another CEO.

It remains to be seen if the loans will be implemented. RR currently have two wins out of five and their next match is against defending champions Mumbai Indians on the 29th of April.

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