Hyderabad: In the now concluded public sale of players for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, the Hyderabad-based franchise SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) purchased and included three players into the team–Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb Ur Rehman and Jagadeesha Suchith.
Though the team now appears balanced with a dependable center order and bowling assault, the team’s followers are visibly sad with the non-inclusion of local players. They are of the opinion that SRH is the one team that exhibits no curiosity in giving possibilities to local players, whereas franchises of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) supplies them ample alternatives.
Earlier, veteran cricketer and president of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) Mohammed Azharuddin wrote in a tweet that he was disappointed to not see a single participant from Hyderabad in the team.
While some criticized the HCA itself for its inner politics and non-development of infrastructure right here, some agreed that it’s the duty of the town franchise to push local players.
A Telugu participant himself, right-handed batsman Hanuma Vihari shared a cryptic message about him remaining unsold at this public sale too.
Last week, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) legislator Danam Nagendar warned the team administration that they won’t enable cricket matches in Hyderabad, if local players aren’t chosen. He sought the team ought to accommodate local players or “remove the name of our city from SunRisers Hyderabad.”
Guntur-based Prithvi Yarra, the one Telugu participant in the squad, was additionally left off from the team earlier than the public sale. Until 2018, the quick bowler from Hyderabad, Mohammed Siraj was part of SRH. He was later purchased by the RCB in the 2018 public sale.
Disappointed Hyderabadi followers
SRH followers are evidently disappointed. Even because the team appears studded with stars like David Warner, Kane Williamson and Rashid Khan, many had been excited to see if any ‘Gully Boy’ will get picked up in the public sale.
“Why don’t you name the team by some other name? If you take Hyderabad’s name, why aren’t there any city-based or even Telugu players in the team? All the franchises maintain local players, except SRH,” stated Upender Jillapally, including that the administration made the followers ashamed.
Another Surender Nagesh wrote: “Surely, SRH could’ve done better. Wonder what the SRH team is doing for the sport and the local talent here in the two Telugu states…We want more local talent in the team.”
“Don’t you have any faith in local players?” requested Rajesh Gubbala. “SRH fans, please take a note. Do not blindly follow the team which failed to pick up our players who were available for low prices in the auction.”
Many followers wrote about Hyderabadi Namboori Thakur Tilak Verma, who failed to draw not solely SRH but additionally different franchises. Verma, who represented Hyderabad in Ranji and Syed Mushtaq Ali tournaments, is an all-rounder. He was additionally named in India’s squad for the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
However, one other off-spin all-rounder Kanumuri Bhagat Verma was roped in by CSK for his base value of Rs 20 lakh.
Some urged an thought to mandatorily have a number of local players in the team. “We are unable to connect to the local players! There should be a rule to have one or two local players mandatorily in all teams!” wrote Sourav Sinha.
“SRH always hurts me in this matter. Having Hyderabad in its name isn’t enough, you should encourage at least one local player in a season,” stated Siddarth. “There should be a requirement that 20 per cent of the team comes from that city!” urged Sainath Gajendran.