South Africa’s IPL-bound players will be unable to compete in the Bangladesh Tests
The 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season is scheduled to begin on March 26. Cricketers from a variety of countries will miss the tournament’s start owing to international commitments. South Africa’s availability was also in doubt, with their home series against Bangladesh planned during the IPL. However, it is anticipated that the Proteas red-ball players will now prefer the Indian Premier League to Test matches.
Dean Elgar, South Africa’s Test captain, has described it as a ‘litmus test of loyalty for his player’s and has stated that he will attempt to encourage them to return for the Test series. However, it has been claimed that the IPL-bound players have unanimously decided to fly to India during the Test series to compete in the T20 spectacular.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has always released players for the IPL in accordance with the BCCI’s agreement. Additionally, they have made a concerted effort to avoid scheduling any international matches within the T20 event. However, because the IPL’s calendar has been prolonged this year, their Test series against Bangladesh has conflicted with it.
South Africa’s main pace attack, which includes Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Marco Jansen, will now be unavailable for the Test series against Bangladesh. Anrich Nortje has been out of international cricket for an extended period of time owing to injury, and his fitness for the IPL remains a mystery.
Lizaad Williams and Lutho Sipamla are anticipated to be selected for the Bangladesh Tests, giving the Proteas bowling attack a new appearance. Keshav Maharaj is a frontline spinner, and the selectors are sure to consider George Linde as well.