The Indian Premier League (IPL) is happening amid the unprecedented times. While the number of cases in the host country India continue to increase by record numbers every hour, the tournament continues inside bio-secure bubbles spread across six venues in the country. The worst hit franchise is the Rajasthan Royals who have seen the most number of players not being able to participate in the T20 competition. While some returned after injuries, others have cited bubble fatigue as the reason for opting out.
Rajasthan Royals is left with only four foreign players as of now, namely Jos Buttler, Chris Morris, David Miller and Mustafizur Rahman - all of whom are very much part of their playing XI. However, with more than 60 per cent games yet to be played in their campaign they are in urgent need of reinforcements and are seeking loan from other teams with the window open from today.
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Have received a request from RR regarding loan: Franchise CEO
Meanwhile, a south based IPL franchise CEO has confirmed that they were contacted by Rajasthan Royals for loaning out players.
"We have received a request from them a couple of days ago and we have not decided on it. The team management will take a call," the CEO was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
"We will consider if we can loan them a player or two from our surpluses," another CEO added in the same report.
What do the IPL rules say?
Notably, as per the IPL rules, a player who has, at the start of the loan period, played (in Playing XI or as a Concussion Substitute) less than two matches during the season can be loaned. In addition, "each franchisee may loan no more than three of its players to the same franchisee during the season."