Punjab Kings have signed Adil Rashid as a replacement player for the UAE leg of IPL 2021. The 33-year-old England legspinner, the joint-highest wicket-taker at The Hundred, replaces Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson, who along with compatriot Riley Meredith, has withdrawn from the second half of the tournament.
Punjabs management had already confirmed the signing of Nathan Ellis as one of the replacement players and the acquisition of Rashid balances their quota of eight overseas players
Rashid, who hasnt played in the IPL before, is currently ranked fourth in ICCs list of T20I bowlers and has taken 232 wickets from 201 T20 matches at an economy of 7.43. He is one of three Englishmen in the Punjab Kings setup, alongside Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan. He will also be one of three legspinning options for KL Rahul alongside the Indian pair of Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin.
Punjab Kings are placed sixth in the standings and will begin their UAE leg with a clash against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai on September 21.