Sunrisers Hyderabad have been more than a decent side in IPL, owing to some of the star players like Kane Williamson, David Warner and Shakib Al Hasan. However, with Shakib banned for two years due to ICC’s rule on combating corruption, Sunrisers Hyderabad will have to look at new options while restructuring the squad. IPL auctions are less than 2 months away and the teams would have already started brainstorming on who they need to target in the upcoming auctions.
Along with signing new players in auctions, teams also release some players which do not seem right according to their scheme of things. This could be either due to unavailability of the player or less than expected performances. In this article, we have talked about 3 probable players who might be released by the Hyderabadi franchisee before the auctions, which are set to take place in Kolkata on December 19th.
Shakib Al Hasan : Shakib Al Hasan has established himself as a star player for Bangladesh and every other team that he has been a part of. However, he has just been banned for 2 years from international cricket for violating ICC’s anti corruption laws. Shakib Al Hasan now faces upto 2 years away from the game (this could be converted to 1 year if his conduct during the year is found satisfactory by ICC). In such a scenario, this is almost a certainty that SHakib Al Hasan will not be a part of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the upcoming IPL 2020 season.
Now, Sunrisers Hyderabad could either retain their star player to ensure he remains a part of the squad for the 2021 season or release him to groom another player. The decision rests with the team management and we could see it soon. If Shakib is released by Sunrisers Hyderabad, he will not be able to get into the auctions this year and will have to look for a buyer in next year’s auctions.
Martin Guptil : The star New Zealand opener has been destructive in his prime, however, he seems to have lost his touch in the last few years. One of the reasons has been his age and he is no more the live wire he used to be in the field. In such a situation, Sunrisers Hyderabad might want to do away from him and look to groom a new player for the future under the leadership of the likes of David Warner and Kane Williamson.
Yusuf Pathan : From being man of the series in the inaugural IPL, to barely making an impact in 2019 season, Yusuf Pathan is well past his prime. He was released by KKR ahead of last years auctions and he failed to make a mark for his new team, Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the initial years of IPL, Yusuf Pathan was one of the most sought after players with his huge sixes and more than decent off spin bowling.
With the odds against him, it will be interesting to see if he is retained by Hyderabad and if he is released, he might not get any buyer, just like his younger brother Irfan Pathan, who has been away from the IPL auction for over 2 years.
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