While IPL 2020 is just over a month away, there is absolutely no clarity over the participation of the South African players. After a lot of speculation and delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, the thirteenth edition of the league will finally get underway next month. IPL 2020 is set to be played from September 19 in the UAE.
And while cricketers from around the world will participate in the cash rich league, the same cannot be said about those who are from South Africa. The African nation continues to remain in lockdown and all the international and provincial borders are closed for now. As per reports, the restrictions on borders and commercial flight operations could continue as long as September as South Africa try desperately to bring the alarming situation under control.
Apart from Imran Tahir, most of the South African players are also set to miss the upcoming edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which gets underway on August 18. Tahir has managed to fly to the Caribbeans because he was stuck in Pakistan for four months.
‘Trying to look for a solution’:
Meanwhile, a franchise owner has said that they are in constant touch with the South African players ove the prevailing situation. He also hinted that the franchises will wait for the BCCI’s policy on player replacements before taking a final call.
“We are in constant touch with the players from South Africa. There are challenges for sure, but we are trying to look for a solution,” the franchise owner told Sportstar.
The news outlet further reported that the IPL franchises might come together and look at chartering a flight to fly the players out of South Africa to the UAE. In case, the South African players fail to get the clearance to play in the IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore look like the franchises who will be worst hit.
The Bangalore-based outfit has three South Africans in the squad. Chennai Super Kings also have three players from South Africa but Tahir is likely to be available. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have no South Africans in their squads.
Here is a list of South Africans in IPL 2020:
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ngidi Lungi
Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock
Rajasthan Royals: David Miller
Royal Challengers Bangalore: AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn
Kings XI Punjab: Hardus Viljoen, Jonty Rhodes (coaching staff)
Delhi Capitals: Kagiso Rabada