Anrich Nortje is a doubt for the season, and the BCCI has contacted the CSA to inquire about the availability of South African players

In a big setback for the Delhi Capitals, Anrich Nortje’s participation in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) is in doubt, since the speedster has not bowled much since November last year due to injury concerns. Nortje is an important cog in South Africa’s national team across formats, and it remains to be seen whether the CSA’s medical committee will clear him to compete in the IPL, given that the T20 World Cup 2022 will be held in Australia later this year.

Meanwhile, several other South African players face missing the first three weeks of the IPL owing to their home series against Bangladesh, which concludes on April 12. The series consists of three one-day internationals and two Tests. While Quinton De Kock, who has retired from Test cricket, will be available from the start for Lucknow Super Giants, it is unclear whether Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, and Lungi Ngidi will be ready before the Bangladesh series concludes.

As a result, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to contact CSA director Graeme Smith on Proteas player availability.