IPL 2021 – South African Cricketers in IPL: Not many countries play during the IPL as many first-team players leave for the T20 tournament, leaving the national squad depleted. But South Africa have been forced to play a series that includes three ODIs and four T20I matches against Pakistan during the time, beginning on April 2. While important players such as Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje will be available for the ODI series, they will leave for India to play in IPL 2021. But coach Mark Boucher does not see a problem with that.
Boucher, speaking at the press conference ahead of the 1st ODI against Pakistan, said that it was not necessarily a bad thing. Instead, it would be good for the players and the team.
“BCCI and CSA have had a long-standing agreement. The scheduling (of the Pakistan series) did not work out due to COVID-19. But there are pros and cons both,” Boucher said.
“They will play in strong competition in India and against some strong players. Before the T20 World Cup, it will be helpful for them and the team. At the same time, some players will get opportunities to play for the national side,” he added.
There will be 10 South African players in the IPL 2021 with David Miller (Rajasthan Royals), Quinton de Kock (Mumbai Indians), Lungi Ngidi (Chennai Super Kings), Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Capitals), Anrich Nortje (Delhi Capitals) all joining their respective IPL franchises after April 5.
All of the players will miss at least the first two matches in the IPL as they will need to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine. While the franchises are trying to arrange a chartered flight for all of them to come together, they will still have to stay in the week-long quarantine as per CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan.
“Ngidi will have to follow the same guidelines as others and will be put in quarantine once he arrives. Therefore he will not be available for selection for the opening game,” Vishwanathan said.
IPL 2021: Rabada, Ngidi and de Kock in IPL is good news for SA’s T20WC squad, says coach Boucher