Given the current situation in Afghanistan, questions have been raised as to whether Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi can participate in the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) starting September 19. Afghanistan is occupied by the Taliban, so it may also affect Afghan players. Amidst all this, IPL franchise team Sun Raisers Hyderabad (SRH) has confirmed that Rashid and Nabi are available for the second phase of IPL 2021.
Speaking to ANI, SRH CEO K Shanmugam said, “We haven’t talked about the current situation, but both are available for the tournament. We will be leaving for the UAE on August 31. Former England captain Kevin Pietersen was recently worried about his family in Afghanistan because Rashid Khan was out of the country.” All flights from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport have been suspended.
Rashid and Nabi are currently in the United Kingdom and part of the Hundred League. The first phase of IPL 2021 took place in India between April and May, following the Kovid-19 case in a biological bubble. The remaining matches of the IPL will be played in the UAE from September 19 to October 15. Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi are the main players of SunRisers Hyderabad and if the two players are left behind from the second stage after the team’s poor performance in the first half, it would be a big setback for the team.