Rising Pune Supergiant have replaced the injured Mitchell Marsh with South Africa’s Imran Tahir ahead of their participation in the 2017 Indian Premier League.
The number one ODI and T20I bowler was surprisingly left out in the IPL auctions – held on February 20 – but has now been roped up to replace the Australian all-rounder, who injured his left shoulder during the second Test against India in Bengaluru. Tahir has been picked up from the registered available player pool list (RAPP) list. As per the player regulations, an IPL team is allowed to pick any player from the RAPP list if a foreign player of their team is ruled out of the competition.
“Australia and Rising Pune Supergiant all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the 10th edition of the VIVO IPL owing to a shoulder injury. As Marsh’s replacement, the franchise have roped in South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir into the squad,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement.
“Tahir, who was unsold in the 2017 VIVO IPL Player Auction is from the registered available player pool list (RAPP list). As per the player regulations, RPS is allowed the replacement player from the RAPP list.”
The 37-year-old bowler previously played for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2016. In a total of 20 IPL games, the South African has bagged 29 wickets. Furthermore, in 31 T20Is, he has picked up 54 wickets, hence, his exclusion in IPL was a sure shock. Now at Pune, Tahir will have to fight it out for Adam Zampa, who is another leg spinner at the club. Apart from these two, they also have Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Sharma, Saurabh Kumar and Deepak Chahar at their disposal