The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly set to hold talks with Cricket South Africa (CSA) over the availability of their players for the upcoming IPL 2022. Eight players contracted with IPL franchises have been named in the squad for South Africa’s home series over Bangladesh.
BCCI are expected to get in touch with CSA director Graeme Smith to come to a decision over the fate of those players. South Africa’s assignment against Bangladesh, comprising 3 ODIs and 2 Tests will culminate on April 12. On the other hand, the 15th edition of the IPL has been scheduled to start on March 26.
“The BCCI will be approaching Graeme Smith and check out if some of the top players are available at least a bit earlier. We are hopeful of a solution as we share great rapport with CSA. Some of the franchises will be hurting if they aren’t available for three weeks,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Several players like Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Quinton de Kock are an integral part of their respective IPL franchises.
While Nortje has not been included in the South African squad, the Delhi Capitals are reportedly fretting over the match fitness of their retained speedster. He was not a part of the series against India earlier this year due to injury.
South Africa captain Dean Elgar had earlier claimed that the players have been asked to reconsider their participation in the IPL, considering the series against Bangladesh. He said:
“The players need to give Cricket South Africa an indication of if they are keen to go to IPL or if they are keen to play for Test side. It’s a bit of a tough one putting that in the players’ box but this I guess, this is where you see where players’ loyalty lies,”
“They must not forget that Test cricket or one-day cricket got them into the IPL and not the other way around.”
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