Bairstow, Malan, Woakes pull out of UAE-leg of IPL 2021

Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes and Dawid Malan have pulled out of the UAE-leg of the Indian Premier League. Sherfane Rutherford is chosen as replacement by SRH for Bairstow.

Jonny Bairstow

England opener Jonny Bairstow has pulled out of IPL 2021.   -  BCCI/IPL

Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow have pulled out of the UAE-leg of the Indian Premier League, which will be played from September 19 to October 15 in the UAE.

Sunrisers Hyderabad has signed middle-order batsman Sherfane Rutherford in place of Bairstow.

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With Malan taking a break to be with the family ahead of the Ashes, the Punjab Kings has roped in South Africa's Aiden Markram as replacement for the England cricketer. According to reports by the British media, even Chris Woakes has pulled out of the tournament.

Earlier, Jos Buttler had opted out due to the imminent birth of his second child. Ben Stokes has taken an indefinite break from the game for mental-health reasons and will also be unavailable for the second half.

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Jofra Archer is the other absentee, with an elbow injury ruling him out of cricket for the rest of the year.

Rajasthan Royals has signed West Indies opener Evin Lewis and fast bowler Oshane Thomas as replacements for Buttler and Stokes.

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