CSA to consider releasing South Africa players early for IPL

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have said they will consider releasing some of their players for the Indian Premier League (IPL) who would, otherwise, be busy in a home Test series against Bangladesh during the first quarter of the league. Players like Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Marco Jansen, and Aiden Markram could miss a substantial chunk of games should they be coming after the end of the two-Test series.



The comments, coming ahead of the auction on Saturday and Sunday, could boost the price of these South Africans. Nortje has already been retained by Delhi Capitals and bowlers like Rabada, Ngidi, Jansen, and Markram could be hotly pursued by the franchise if their availability is not severely restricted.

The IPL is, tentatively, expected to start on March 27 and those coming after April 11, would not be available for five-six matches because of the five-day period of required quarantine after their arrival in India.

Availability of Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Faf du Plessis, and Imran Tahir is not a problem since they either don’t play Tests or don’t play for the country at all. There are 33 South Africans on the 590-player auction list. South Africa and Bangladesh will play three ODIs and two Tests which run on March 18 and April 11.

After the recent India tour of South Africa, the equation between the BCCI and CSA is back on track, so much so that the BCCI had seriously considered moving the IPL to South Africa at one stage. For the record, the BCCI has not ruled out that option so far.