South Africa`s Quinton de Kock has been ruled out for the Indian Premier League even as he is cleared to play the third test against New Zealand in Hamilton after passing a late fitness test on Friday, says a Zee News report.
The wicket-keeper will need at least four weeks to recover from the injury and Cricket South Africa ruled him out of playing the 2017 edition of IPL for Delhi Daredevils in order to be available for the Champions Trophy, scheduled to take place in June and subsequently, the England Test series.
This is second blow for Daredevils, as de Cock’s senior South African teammate JP Duminy has already opted out of IPL Season 10.
The 24-year-old wicketkeeper injured the index finger on his right hand while fielding in South Africa’s eight-wicket win in the second test in Wellington and underwent scans earlier this week. He missed training on Wednesday and Thursday and while scans determined the finger was not broken, he had damaged tendons.
De Kock trained on Friday with strapping and a protective splint and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said as far as he was concerned the aggressive batsman was too important to leave out for the series-deciding match starting on Saturday.
“It’s a big game. Quinton is someone who you don`t just replace. From my side, I am trying to have Quinton in my team all the time,” du Plessis told reporters in Hamilton. “He has had problems with his fingers for quite a while. It’s part of being a keeper. It’s never nice to catch balls on the fingertips all the time and it’s been painful for him for a while. Maybe the cold New Zealand conditions make it worse. It’s hurting for him a bit more now but because it’s a big game, resting him for someone else is not an option.”
New Zealand need to win the Seddon Park match to level the three-match series at 1-1 but have been hampered by the loss of three pivotal players.