Dean Elgar will try to encourage players to pick South Africa over the Indian Premier League

Please don’t leave, says Dean Elgar to his bowlers. That is, from the beginning of the IPL. The event clashes with South Africa’s home Test series against Bangladesh, and Elgar will be missing the majority of his first-choice attack if they choose for the franchise over the country. Or, to put it another way, if they choose money over status. And they must choose: the choice is theirs.

The Bangladesh Tests will take place from March 30 to April 12 at St George’s Park and Kingsmead. The IPL will take place between March 26 and May 29. Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Marco Jansen, and Anrich Nortje are all IPL players with a chance to make the Test squad. When you factor in travel time and three days of quarantine, the South Africans might be out for the first 18 days of the IPL. To that list, add Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram.

Quinton de Kock and David Miller, both white-ball specialists, are also slated to play in the IPL, which might rule them out of the three ODIs. From March 18 to 23, South Africa will play Bangladesh.