CSA slams IPL participation after South Africa’s World Cup exit

In the subsequent phase of their shock exit from ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, South African cricket officials got enraged over team’s lack of preparation before the mega tournament as they were more concentrated in the Indian Premier League.

CSA slams IPL participation after South Africa's World Cup exit
Premier South African pacer Kagiso Rabada failed to make any impact in the World Cup 2019. Photo: Getty Images

A CSA official told IANS, “CEO Thabang Moroe, President Chris Nenzani and coach Ottis Gibson even had meetings on the release of the players for the IPL. This was during the series against Sri Lanka.”

“While I am not aware if the team management also wanted the players to return early and attend a camp before leaving for England, there was some debate on the release keeping an eye also on the workload. But the players were keen to be a part of the IPL from the beginning,” he said.

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South Africa tumbled into their fifth defeat in seven matches at the Lord’s on Sunday where Pakistan crushed them by 49 runs.

After the match team skipper Faf du Plessis said they literally tried to keep several players out of the IPL rush to stay fit for the World Cup.

“We did try and get him not to go to the IPL; to try and stay and get fresh. That wasn’t the case of — and then when he went there, we were like, let’s try and get him back halfway through the IPL because it’s important, not just for him, but a few other players. And KG is-you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is,” the skipper said.

Earlier, Kagiso Rabada said about stress of IPL, “Bowling four overs is not an issue. It is the travel and the rest of the commitments that come with it that become difficult to handle.”

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