South African Players Could Miss IPL First Week
With Test and ODI cricket already making its comeback in the English isles, it is not long before Indian cricket follows suit. While the pandemic wreaks havoc in India itself, other countries seem to have somewhat recovered from the devastating effects of the Corona virus. Economies throughout Europe and the Middle East, to some extent, have begun to restart. The South African players could miss the start of the IPL according to TimesNowNews.
In light of these events, the Board for Control of Cricket in India decided to host the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League. It will take place in the United Arab Emirates. The premier T20 league in the world has been scheduled to start on the 26th of September, if reports are to be trusted.
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South African Government suspends international travel
While the Indian Government has given the IPL a green flag, world governments are still uncertain about the tournament. The South African government has made it clear that no South African players would take part in the tournament, at least for the first week or two. The African nation has recently been put under lockdown. All international travel has been suspended until the end of September.
South Africa currently has about 500,000 active COVID-19 cases. Things look pretty grim for the rainbow nation at this point. While franchises are likely to press the South African officials really hard to allow the travel of players taking part in the IPL, it looks highly improbable that it will be of any use.
List of South African Players In The IPL
South African players in the IPL – AB de Villiers (RCB), Quinton de Kock (MI), Dale Steyn (RCB), Chris Morris (RCB), Kagiso Rabada (DC), Lungi Ngidi (CSK), Faf Du Plessis (CSK), Imran Tahir (CSK), David Miller (RR), Hardus Viljoen (KXIP)
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Megastars like Ab de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Chris Morris are therefore most likely to miss the first week of the IPL. It will be interesting to see how franchises, especially the RCB- who have a lot depending on the South African trio of de Villiers, Steyn and Morris- cope with this suspension.
South African players have been key for franchises in the past. Last year, the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings made the final. Quinton De Kock was the Mumbai Indians highest run-scorer and also third highest in the IPL. Imran Tahir was the Chennai Super Kings highest wicket-taker and also the highest wicket-taker in the IPL. Faf Du Plessis also played really well for CSK in IPL 2019.
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