South African players participation on IPL in Jeopardy
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to take place in September this year due to the postponement of the World Cup and Asia Cup. Doubts have been raised about the participation of South African cricketers in the IPL to be held in the United Arab Emirates.
India has plagued by coronavirus pandemic. So the BCCI could not organize the IPL in their own country this time. Therefore they have to run to the UAE in the Middle East to play in the IPL.The franchises are planning to take the cricketers to a place in India on a chartered flight to the United Arab Emirates. They have already started renting aircraft. Because the teams have to appear in the country at least 25 days before the start of the tournament.
Like India, South Africa’s corona situation is also at extreme risk. Infections are on the rise in the country. So the South African government is going to keep the country locked down for a few more months and stop flights to and from the country. The country’s media has expressed doubts that South African cricketers may not be able to play in the IPL due to the government’s decision.
New Zealand Cricket has been the first to issue no-objection letters to players. However, the board said it would not take responsibility for the players’ travel and health risks. New Zealand Cricket has said that the players will decide whether they will go to play in the IPL despite the no-objection letter.
Cricket South Africa is also expected to issue no-objection letters to the players. But if the players cannot go to IPL due to government restrictions, they will not watch it.
South African players in this year’s IPL squad include AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada and Hardus Viljoyan.
This year’s IPL is going to start on September 26 and the final match will be played on November 7. The IPL was supposed to start on March 29, but it was not possible due to the coronavirus outbreak.