According to former India opener Aakash Chopra, the decision between participating in the upcoming Indian Premier League and national duty is a “very difficult question” for the South African players. The team is scheduled to play three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Bangladesh on March 18, 20, and 23, followed by a two-Test series against Bangladesh that will take place between March 31 and April 12.
As a result of the bio-bubble regulations, each player who enters the IPL bubble is required to serve a mandatory three-day quarantine and submit two negative RT-PCR tests before being permitted to join their team. The Bangladesh series begins on April 16, which means that any of South Africa’s IPL-bound players who want to participate may join their squad as early as that day.
IPL or country? Cricket South Africa allows players to choose
As things stand, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has left it up to the players to decide whether to participate in the Bangladesh series or to join their respective clubs in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which begins on March 26 and will finish on May 29.
“South Africa has said that they would inform the players that they have the choice; therefore, let us put your commitment to the country to the test. It’s a tricky issue to answer since the One-Day International series begins on March 18, the Indian Premier League begins on March 26, and there is a three-day quarantine before that,” Chopra said on his YouTube account.
“The three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) will be played on March 18, 20, and 23. Considering Quinton de Kock is a key player on this team, it is possible that he will not be available for the opening game. Lucknow Super Giants – give it some thought, unless he chooses to skip those One-Day Internationals,” he said.
Approximately a dozen South African players will be participating in the 2022 IPL, including red-ball mainstays Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, and youngster Marco Jansen, as well as white-ball regulars Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller and Dwaine Pretorious.
Taking the pitch without my best side is not an option for me: Dean Elgar
As a result, if any of South Africa’s players choose to play in the IPL rather than for their country, the national team will be obliged to field a weakened squad. This is a source of anxiety for captain Dean Elgar, who obviously wants to field his “best side.”
“Cricket South Africa needs to know whether the players are interested in playing in the Indian Premier League or if they are interested in playing for the Test team. Putting something in the players’ box is a difficult decision, but I believe here is where you can tell where the players. They must remember that it was Test or one-day cricket that brought them into the IPL, not the other way around,” Dean Elgar said.
“The situation becomes a little more complicated if I don’t have everyone at my disposal. It’s a little difficult for me to answer this question. I’m not going to be able to play on the field without my best side. I’m going to need to bring my best self to the table,” the South African test skipper said. He went on to add that if they were not available, that is something that they would have to sit down and go through.