IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals ropes in Tabraiz Shamsi

Rajasthan Royals has roped in South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for the remainder of IPL 2021, scheduled to begin in the UAE on September 19. He will replace Andrew Tye.

Shamsi is the top-ranked spinner in T20Is.   -  Getty Images

Rajasthan Royals has roped in South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for the remainder of IPL 2021, scheduled to begin in the UAE on September 19. He will replace Andrew Tye.

Tabraiz Shamsi, who is the No.1 T20I bowler at the moment, will certainly strengthen its bowling unit. Shamsi had earlier played in the inaugural edition of The Hundred, and will now join with his national teammates for the upcoming bilateral series against Sri Lanka.

The 31-year-old from Johannesburg represented 'The Titans' in South Africa's domestic cricket, and made his international debut for South Africa during a bilateral T20I series against England in 2017.

The left-arm leg spinner has since picked up 45 wickets in 39 T20Is, along with 32 wickets in 27 ODIs for South Africa.

Andrew Tye, who had left for home amid the COVID-19 pandemic during the first phase of the IPL, said he won't be available for the remainder of the season.

"It is with great regret that I have to pull out of the remainder of the IPL 2021 with the Rajasthan Royals," Tye said in a release issued by the franchise.

"It has been a long year for me which has kept me away from home for a lengthy period, and the disappointment of not making it to the World Cup squad has added to the dismay.

"Therefore, keeping my best interests in mind, I had to make this tough decision of staying at home and preparing myself mentally and physically for next year's T20 World Cup." Tye said.

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