Captain of the South African Test team, Dean Elgar, has shared his thoughts on players opting out of the next Test series against Bangladesh to participate in the Indian Premier League. He expressed his understanding of the tough situation that the players were placed in and expressed his support for their choice to participate in the Indian Premier League instead of the Test series.
During the one-day international series against Bangladesh, South Africa suffered a crushing loss, as the visitors made history by winning their first-ever ODI series against the hosts. After the one-day international series was level at one apiece, Bangladesh won the last game by an overwhelming margin of nine wickets, avenging a seven-wicket setback in the previous game.
‘I’m fairly content with my position concerning the guys that aren’t here. I’ve had some pretty in-depth conversations with them to find out how they are psychologically transitioning from the standpoint of playing a Test series to playing in the Indian Premier League,’ Dean Elgar said. During a virtual press conference hosted by Cricket South Africa before the Test series, Elgar expressed his satisfaction with the responses he received.
Dean Elgar not worried that South Africa will go into the Test series with a depleted lineup
‘I am aware that the players were placed in a difficult position when it came to choosing their availability. I’m very certain that a lot of them were placed in a scenario and forced to deal with situations in which they would not have taken a reckless choice if it didn’t mean a helluva lot to them,’ Elgar said.
Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, and Marco Jansen were among the big-name players that were purchased by different clubs in the IPL mega-auction. However, before reaching a conclusion, the players had to engage in several discussions with the players’ association and the relevant cricket board.
South Africa squad for Bangladesh Tests
Dean Elgar (C), Temba Bavuma, Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee, Simon Harmer, Keshav Maharaj, Wiaan Mulder, Duanne Olivier, Keegan Petersen, Ryan Rickelton, Lutho Sipamla, Glenton Stuurman, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Khaya Zondo.