In what can be called a major blow for the Delhi Capitals (DC), the participation of Anrich Nortje in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 seems doubtful as the speedster hasn’t bowled much since November last year amid injury issues. With Nortje being a crucial cog of the South African team across formats, it remains to be seen if CSA’s medical team will be giving him the clearance to participate in IPL, given the T20 World Cup 2022 scheduled to be taking place later this year in Australia.
Meanwhile, several other South African cricketing will be expected to miss out on the first three weeks of IPL due to their home series against Bangladesh, which includes three ODI and a couple of Tests ending on April 12. Quinton De Kock, who has retired from Test cricket, will be available for Lucknow Supergiants right from the start of IPL 2022.
However, there is no clarity on whether Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen and Lungi Ngidi will be available before the Bangladesh series ends. Owing to the same, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to reach out to CSA director Graeme Smith regarding the availability of players from the rainbow nation.
As per the reports of Zee news, a senior BCCI official said, “The BCCI will be approaching Graeme Smith and check out if some of the top players are available at least a bit earlier. We are hopeful of a solution as we share great rapport with CSA. Some of the franchises will be hurting if they aren’t available for three weeks.”
Meanwhile, it must be noted that CSA has allowed its players to pick between national duty and IPL. On being asked about the same, South Africa’s Test captain, Dean Elgar said the loyalty of Proteas players stands a test.
As per the quotes in ESPNCricinfo, Dean Elgar said, “The players need to give Cricket South Africa an indication of if they are keen to go to IPL or if they are keen to play for Test side. It’s a bit of a tough one putting that in the players’ box but this I guess, this is where you see where players’ loyalty lies.”