‘Have no faith?’: Hyderabadis disappointed with no local players in SRH team

‘Have no faith?’: Hyderabadis disappointed with no local players in SRH team

Hyderabad: In the now concluded auction of players for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, the Hyderabad-based franchise SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) bought and included three players into the team–Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb Ur Rehman and Jagadeesha Suchith. 

Though the team now looks balanced with a reliable middle order and bowling attack, the team’s fans are visibly unhappy with the non-inclusion of local players. They are of the opinion that SRH is the only team that shows no interest in giving chances to local players, while franchises of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) provides them ample opportunities.

Earlier, veteran cricketer and president of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) Mohammed Azharuddin wrote in a tweet that he was disappointed not to see a single player from Hyderabad in the team. 

While some criticized the HCA itself for its internal politics and non-development of infrastructure here, some agreed that it is the responsibility of the city franchise to push local players.

A Telugu player himself, right-handed batsman Hanuma Vihari shared a cryptic message about him remaining unsold at this auction too.

Last week, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) legislator Danam Nagendar warned the team management that they will not allow cricket matches in Hyderabad, if local players aren’t selected. He sought the team should accommodate local players or “remove the name of our city from SunRisers Hyderabad.”

Guntur-based Prithvi Yarra, the only Telugu player in the squad, was also left off from the team before the auction. Until 2018, the fast bowler from Hyderabad, Mohammed Siraj was a part of SRH. He was later bought by the RCB in the 2018 auction.


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